Safe Medication and Syringe Disposal

Medication Disposal: 

Medications in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisonings. When they are flushed down the toilet or discarded in the trash, they can cause water pollution and affect the environment. Prescription drug abuse rates are high across the country, with over 1/2 of teens who abuse drugs getting them from a family member or friend's home. Clean out your cabinet and properly dispose of all unused medications. You can take these medications to a Drug Drop Box. No questions asked, just drop them off! (No needles, aerosols, inhalers or infectionous materials please.)  

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day occurs bi-annually across the country aimed towards providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means for residents to dispose of unused or expired medication. The events are typically held anually the 3rd Saturday of both April & October, stay tuned for updates! 

QVHD also has a limited amount of Medication Deactivation Pouches that allow residents to safely dispose of left over medication in the privacy of their own home. The pouches, located in QVHD's lobby, are biodegradeable, safe, and easy to use. Simply place any left over meds into the pouch, which comes in two sizes (15 pills for small pouches, 45 pills for Medium), add a bit of water, zip the pouch and toss into your trash can. Click here for a short overview on how the Deterra Deactivation Pouches work! 

Local Drug Drop Boxes:

  • Ansonia Police Department 2 Elm Street, Ansonia CT
    • Open 24/7
  • Bethany, CSP Troop 1, 631 Amity Road, Bethany CT
    • Located in the lobby of the front entrance, next to vending machine, Open 24/7
  • Hamden Police Department 2900 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden CT
    • Located in the Police Station Lobby on the left-hand side, Open 24/7 
  • North Haven Police Department, 18 Church Street, North Haven CT
    • Located to the immediate left of the front doors, Open 24/7
  • Woodbridge Police Department 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge CT
    • Located in the lobby, Open 24/7 

 Note: Drop Boxes do NOT accept: Thermometers, hypodermic needled and sharps, bloody or infectious waste, hydrogen peroxide, non-prescription ointments and lotions, aerosol cans, inhalers or medications from clinics or businesses. 

Watch this video to learn more about proper disposal of medications within your own home

Click here for more information on how to dispose of unwanted medications 

Syringe Disposal:

Click here to learn the safe way to dispose of household needles and syringes 

You can also check with your local pharmacist for any special arrangements they may already have in place! 



 

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