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How to Dispose of Medications


Unused or expired medications in the home can be dangerous for many reasons, but mainly because they can lead to accidental poisoning and can be easily misused by friends or family. The removal and disposal of unused medications from the home helps to keep others from accessing these drugs for illegal use or sale, and may prevent overdoses and death.

Prescription medications can also be harmful to the environment if they are thrown in the trash or flushed down the drain. Therefore, it is important to safely and appropriately discard any unwanted or unused medication as soon as possible. Please see the instructions below for what can be disposed and find the location nearest you.

What to bring:

  • Prescription medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Ointments
  • Patches
  • Non-aerosol sprays
  • Creams
  • Vials
  • Pet medications
  • Inhalers
  • Please place unused pills into a clear plastic bag (such as ziploc) and dispose of pill bottles or packaging in the recycling or the garbage. Liquids, creams, and sprays can remain in their original container.

What NOT to bring:

  • Illegal drugs
  • Needles/sharps
  • Aerosol cans
  • Miscellaneous medical supplies
  • Bio-hazardous material (anything containing bodily fluid or blood)
  • Personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.)
  • Household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas)
  • Liquids (cough medicine, OTC liquid, liquid Tylenol, etc.) – this can be disposed of by putting in cat litter (let the litter soak up the medicine), then dispose the litter in the garbage

Drop box locations

Oak Creek Police Station414-762-8200301 W Ryan Rd
Oak Creek, WI 53154
South Milwaukee Police Department414-768-80602424 15th Ave
South Milwaukee, WI 53172
Cudahy Police Department414-769-22605050 S Lake Dr
Cudahy, WI 53110
St. Francis Police Department414-481-22323400 E Howard Ave
St Francis, WI 53235
CVS414-483-56675740 S Packard Ave
Cudahy, WI 53110
Meijer414-501-1700171 W Town Square Way
Oak Creek, WI 53154
*Each location may have different guidelines and hours of operation. If you have a questions or concerns, please contact your closest location directly.