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Marie Cascarano
Oct 8, 2019

Do you have medications you don't need?

Oct 8, 2019 by Marie Cascarano

Do you know where to take them?

Through our partnership with the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention Team (ADAPT), a permanent medication drop box is available at University Police Headquarters.  This location will be able to accept medications 24 hours a day 365 days a year for proper disposal. All items discarded will be destroyed with no questions asked. This program is designed to provide a safe place to discard old or unused prescriptions drugs that could be dangerous to others and harmful if introduced to the environment. For a list and map of additional permanent medication disposal sites in Essex County click here.

Accepted here

  • Pain relievers (Vicodin, Hydrocodone, Demerol, Oxycodone, Fentanyl)
  • Anti-depressants/Anti-anxiety (Valium, Xanax, Zoloft, Prozac)
  • Sleep aids (Ambien, Lunesta, Sonata)
  • Behavior modification meds (Ritalin, Methylphenidate, Adderall)
  • Cough medicine (with Dextromethorphan)
  • Over-the-counter meds
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Inhalers

Not accepted items include:

  • liquid medications
  • medicated ointments and lotions
  • needles, syringes, lancets, epi-pen
  • bloody or infectious waste
  • thermometer
  • all other prescription medications

What do I do?

  • Leave medication in the original container
  • Remove your name and other identifying information
  • Leave the name/type of medication on the container
  • Drop medication into disposal box
  • DO NOT flush medication down the toilet

Sponsored by University Police Department, Counseling and Psychological Services, and the Office of Health Promotion