Disposal of Unused Medications in Dallas-Fort Worth

Keeping expired, unwanted and unused medications in the home can pose a risk of drug abuse or potential overdose in children and pets.

There are several ways to dispose of these medicines and reduce the risks.

  1. An excellent program is CVS TakeAway Envelope program. CVS pharmacies have a preaddressed envelope for $2.99. You use this envelope to send medicines in, including inhalers, to be destroyed. This program does not accept controlled substances (narcotics).
  2. Denton County has a Drug Disposal Program Kiosk at City of Denton Police Department located at 601 E Hickory Street which is open 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. This program accepts inhalers and controlled medicines (narcotics).
  3. City of Fort Worth has “Take Back Drug” boxes at 3 Fort Worth Police Department Substations. This program does not accept inhalers, but does accept controlled medicines (narcotics). The substations are located at:


Before using any of these programs, remember all medicines need to be in their original container and all personal information blacked out or removed!

You can also go to DisposeMyMeds.org. It is an online resource to help you locate a local independent pharmacy near you that can dispose of your unwanted medicine(s).

If there are no medicine collections or Take Back programs available to you, follow the federal guidelines issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The guidelines are summarized below:

  • Take medicine out of the original container and mix medicine (Do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
  • Place the mixture in a sealable container, such as sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent medicine from leaking or breaking out of the garbage bag.
  • Throw the sealed container in your household trash for regular collection.
  • Remember: Before throwing out the empty pill bottle or other medicine packaging – scratch out or remove all personal information.

Flushing of Certain Medicines

There are several medicines that may be especially harmful and , in some cases, fatal with just one dose if taken by someone other than the person for whom the prescription was written. These medicines have specific instructions indicating that they should be flushed down the sink or toilet as soon as they are no longer needed and when there are no medicine take-back programs. The

U.S. FDA Medication Disposal Guideline has a list of the medicines recommended for disposal by flushing. Go to the FDA guidelines by clicking on the link below:

Safe Disposal of Medicines 

When in doubt about how to properly dispose of a medicine, talk to your pharmacist!