- Needles or other "sharps"
- Hazardous waste
- Personal care products (shampoo, etc.)
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- Over-the-counter medications
- Prescription medications
- Medication samples
- Medications for household pets
- Medicated lotions or ointments
The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection provides the following guidance if you need to dispose of drugs in your home.
Dispose of drugs in your household trash by doing the following:
1. Keep the medication in its original container. Use a permanent marker or duck tape to cross out your personal information, or remove the label.
2. Make medication less appealing. Mix your drugs (liquid or pills) with hot water to dissolve them. Add an undesirable substance, such as salt, ashes, saw dust, used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
3. Contain and seal. Place it inside a container such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub to ensure that the contents cannot be seen and tape it shut
4. Throw out the container in your trash can. Do not put the container in your recycling bin!
Why Not Flush?
Flushed medications can get into our lakes, rivers and streams.
Research has shown that continuous exposure to low levels of medications
has altered the behavior and physiology of fish and aquatic organisms.
Pharmaceuticals enter our wastewater from a variety of sources, including the flushing of
unused medications. A nationwide study done in 1999 and 2000 by the United States Geological
Survey (USGS) found low levels of drugs such as antibiotics, hormones, contraceptives and
steroids in 80% of the rivers and streams tested.
Did you know that you can safely drop off prescription medication at local Police Departments?
These boxes are secured in the lobby of the police department, and are accessible anytime the department is open.
No questions asked, just drop the unwanted medications in and they will be safely and securely destroyed.
Local Drug Collection Boxes
For a complete list of active drop box programs in Connecticut, please visit the Department of Public Health Local Drug Collection Boxes webpage here.
What CAN and CANNOT be discarded in local drug collection boxes
Dispose of drugs in your household trash