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Safely Disposing 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.

Before visiting a drop off location:

Review the medication packaging to see if it offers specific disposal instructions. If no instructions are listed, feel free to dispose of the medication at a permanent drug drop box.

Remove all personal information from the medication packaging. If this is not possible, use a dark marker to cover up your personal information.

What to bring:

Prescription and over-the-counter medications may be disposed of at collection sites, including:

  • Capsules
  • Creams
  • Inhalers
  • Ointments
  • Non-aerosol sprays
  • Patches
  • Pills
  • Vials
  • Liquids must be in their original container.
  • Pet medications are accepted.
  • Vape pens are accepted with the batteries removed. Other e-cigarette devices are accepted with the batteries removed. These batteries are highly flammable. That’s why it is important that the batteries are removed before the pen or device is placed in a collection bin.

What NOT to bring:

  • Aerosol Cans
  • Mercury thermometers
  • Anything containing blood or bodily fluid
  • Personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens, etc.)
  • Household hazardous waste (paints, pesticides, oil, gas)
  • Sharps/ syringes (see sharps disposal)
  • Illegal drugs
  • Iodine containing medications
  • Vape pens/e-cigarette devices with a built-in battery that cannot be removed.

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.