Disposal of Unwanted Medications

Expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from households should never be disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or a drain. Although this method of disposal prevents accidental ingestion, it can cause contamination to the aquatic environment because wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove many of these medications.

There is 24-hour access to a free kiosk at the Concord Police Station to safely dispose of their medical syringes, sharps and lancets. 


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This is a safe and easy way for residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring all expired or unwanted medications and sharps, for proper disposal, with the added benefit of keeping these materials out of the waste stream.

What to Bring

  • Sharps (hypodermic needles, syringes, and more) must be in rigid, tight-sealing, capped container.
  • Expired or unwanted medications and drugs (in original container)
  • Veterinary medications
  • Vitamins

Community members who utilize the kiosk are asked to follow several safety regulations:

  • All sharps MUST be disposed of in a sharps container or puncture-resistant container like a one gallon bleach bottle or a one-pound sealed, taped coffee can.
  • DO NOT put loose needles in the kiosk.
  • DO NOT use a glass container or a bag of any type.
  • DO NOT leave a container outside of the kiosk.
  • Always ask for assistance if kiosk is full.

Note: It’s permissible to use a marker to cross off your name on the prescription containers, but medication information must be legible.