DEEP: Medicine Collections

Collections For Prescription Medicines and
Over-The-Counter (OTC) Products

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Unwanted medication should not be flushed down the toilet or sink!  In CT, there are three ways that consumers can safely dispose of unwanted medications: 
  • Put them in the trash following these instructions for safe disposal
  • Purchase a medicine disposal envelope from chain pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens or Rite Aid. Find a pharmacy
  • Bring them to a one-day medicine collection sponsored by an organization or government.
These collections accept expired or unwanted prescription drugs, OTC products (like aspirin or cough medicine), vitamins, veterinary medicines and even medicines with unreadable labels or unknown content. They usually do not accept thermometers, syringes or other any other type of medical equipment or waste. 
 
Find a Household Drugs Take-Back Collection
 
Some collections are open to all residents in CT; others are restricted based on the sponsor's requirements. Check before you go.

Permit Information and Guidelines For Sponsoring A Collection

If you have additional questions, contact Gabrielle Frigon, Supervisor Environmental Analyst, DEEP Bureau of Materials Management & compliance Assurance, Waste Engineering & Enforcement Division, 860-424-3795.  
  • The local police or CT Department of Consumer Protection drug control agent must oversee the collection and disposal of medications that are controlled substances. See their guidelines and other helpful documents before holding a collection.  
Note: Schools that want to dispose of controlled substances should call the Drug Control Division of the CT Dept. of Consumer Protection for assistance at 860-713-6065. 

Content last updated October 2012