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

In conjunction with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Department, New Port Richey Police Department, Dade City Police Department, Pasco Detention Facility, and Pasco County ASAP you can safely dispose of unused/unwanted medication in secure drop boxes.

For recommended disposal method and sites to drop off unwanted medications, follow this link, Disposal Sites

For additional information on medication disposal, please visit

If you are unable to utilize one of the drop boxes, please follow the directions below.

Seven Steps to Safety

For Pills and Liquids:

  1.  Keep the medicines in the original container.  This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.
  2. Mark out your name and prescription number for safety.
  3. For pills, add some water or soda to start disolving the medication.  For liquids, add something inedible like cat litter, dirt or cayenne pepper.
  4. Close the lid and secure with duct tape or packing tape.
  5. Place the bottle(s) inside an opaque (non-see-through) container like a coffee can or plastic laundry bottle.
  6. Tape the container closed.
  7. Hide the container in the trash.  Do NOT put in the recycle bin.

This information is brought to you by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.  To visit their website, please go to