Drug Disposal

How to Dispose of Unused Medication


Drug Collection Box

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office is able to collect unwanted medication through a drug collection box. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment offer this service to the community. The drug collection box is available to the public Monday-Friday from 8-5 p.m., at the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, located at 5600 Flatiron Parkway in Boulder. The collection box is located in the front entrance way of the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters building, before you enter the lobby. This drug collection box is only for private individuals to use, it is not available for commercial or business use.
Items not accepted at this collection box include:

  • Inhalersinhaler nyquil syringe
  • Syringes
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • Liquids


Disposal of Drugs at Home

You can reduce the amount of chemicals that reach our waterways by following the simple steps below for home disposal.

  • Never flush unused medication down the drain unless instructed to do so on the prescription label.
  • Pour liquid medications over cat litter or other absorbent material, and seal it in a plastic bag before placing it in the trash.
  • Fill pill containers with household glue, remove all personal information from the container, and place it in the trash after the glue has dried.
  • Cut trans-dermal patches into small strips, place them in a container, and add glue or mix them with coffee grounds or used cat litter.
  • Safely dispose of syringes at home, by using a needle exchange program, or via a syringe disposal company.
      • Place sharps in a strong plastic bottle (e.g. bleach, liquid detergent) or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid to prevent accidental contact with the waste.
      • Secure lid with duct tape.
      • Place sealed container in your regular trash.
      • Sharps are NOT accepted by recycling programs. Do not put sharps in with the recycling, even if the container you use to seal them is recyclable, as this puts staff at the recycling center at risk.