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Visit the Don’t Rush to Flush bin map for medication drop-off locations near you, accepted items, hours of operation, and other information.
How Does It Work?
Follow these 3 easy steps:
- At home, remove pills and other solid medications from their containers and consolidate in a clear plastic zipper bag. Keep liquid and cream medication tightly sealed in their original containers. (NOTE – keep medications in their child-proof container until just prior to drop off).
- Remove, mark out, or otherwise obscure personal information from s0lid and liquid/cream medication containers to protect your personal information. Recycle containers for solid medications in your household recycling.
- Bring zipper bag and any liquids/creams to a Don’t Rush to Flush location and place in the bin – It’s that easy!
Note: Medications should remain in the
original child-proof container until just prior to drop-off.
What can I put in Don’t Rush to Flush bins?
- Prescription medications – only certain locations accept Schedule II to V Controlled Substance* medications. Please check the bin locations map for information about what types of medications each site can accept.
- Over-the-counter medications
- Medicated ointments and lotions (leave tightly sealed in original containers)
- Pet medications
*Schedule II to V Controlled Substance medications are prescribed medications that are strictly regulated because they have a high potential for abuse and/or can cause harm when ingested by the wrong person. To check if your medication is a controlled substance, please check this short list or this complete list.
What cannot go in Don’t Rush to Flush bins?
- Illegal (Schedule I) Controlled Substances (e.g. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.)
- Medical Sharps and Needles (hypodermic needles, syringes, auto injectors, infusion sets, connection needles/sets, and lancets)
- Auto-injectors (e.g. EpiPen®)
- Iodine-containing medications
- Mercury Thermometers
- Chemotherapy or cytotoxic medications
- Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g. asthma inhalers)
- Vitamins and dietary supplements
- Business medical waste (e.g. company representative’s product samples, waste from hospitals, clinics, and doctor’s, dentist’s, and veterinarian’s practices)