How To Properly Dispose of Prescription Drugs:

“Proper disposal of prescription drugs is better for the environment and helps prevent ecological harm. Unused prescriptions should be discarded and not left in the home. This prevents accidental ingestion by children, the elderly or pets. It also helps reduce teenage drug abuse by decreasing access to prescription drugs.” -Todd Brown, a Clinical Instructor and Vice Chair of Northeastern University’s Department of Pharmacy Practice, Stoughton Parent & OASIS Member

In Stoughton

Drug Disposal

1) Use the Prescription Drug Disposal kiosk at the Stoughton Police station (Rose St.)  Use the drop box to dispose of unused and unwanted prescription medication. The kiosk is available in the lobby of the Police Station 24/7 for the disposal of medication, no questions asked.

Executive Officer Devine, Chief Shastany and DA Morrissey

Executive Officer Devine, Chief Shastany and DA Morrissey

Kiosk CAN be use to dispose of your:

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription Patches
  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Medications for Pets

Kiosk CANNOT be used to dispose the following:

  • Ointments, Lotions & Liquids
  • Needles (Sharps)
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Thermometers
  • Medication from Businesses or Clinics

A short video on the use of the Prescription Drug Drop Box at the Stoughton Police Station, Produced by students from Stonehill College.

2) Wait until the bi-annual Prescription Drug Take Back Event (in the Fall and Spring on Hazardous Waste Days). If you wait for the Fall or Spring Event please keep your medications in a safe and secure location until that time.


Safe Disposal of Needles  / Sharps:

1) If you have needles / sharps, you can safely dispose of them at the Fire Station on Freeman Street in the sharps disposal unit.

2) Needles and sharps can be disposed of at the Bi-Annual Hazardous Waste Days / Drug Take Back Event in the Fall and Spring.


“Prescription drugs, particularly opiate-based pain pills left over from surgery, injury, even dental work, may look harmless sitting in the medicine chest, but we are finding that the opposite is true. We are hearing from addiction experts that over half, and perhaps three quarters, of young people are having their first experiences with addictive opiates that were taken directly from the medicine cabinets of family or friends.” -Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey, Stoughton Patch 1/9/12


Links to Other Resources on Proper Medication Disposal

 Safe Medication Disposal Tips from the FDA

Smart Drug Disposal
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