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Easy access to potentially addictive prescription drugs can increase risk of youth drug abuse. Many people flush or throw away their old or unwanted medication, but those are not the safest ways to dispose of prescription drugs. The following options are the best ways to reduce access to potentially addictive medication in your community.  

For more information about how to safely store prescription medication, visit our Prescription Drug Abuse page.

DEA Drug Take Back Day Events

Twice a year in April and October, community organizations, like NHCSAPC, will hold a medication take back day event so that members of the community can safely and anonymously dispose of their unwanted prescriptions. To find our next take back day, visit our Events page.

If you are not located in our service area, you can visit the DEA website for Drug Take Back Day to find a location near you. 

Permanent Prescription Drop Boxes

The DEA allows registered entities to collect prescription medication for disposal. Permanent prescription drop boxes might be available at these locations for community members to dispose of their unused medications. The drop boxes are often placed a locations with a pharmacy or law enforcement presence to ensure the safe destruction of the collected medications.

Medication disposal boxes are a safe, free way for individuals to dispose of their unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs. The following locations conveniently provide prescription drug disposal boxes in North Harris County:

Red arrow bullet point Walgreens

6610 Tidwell Road
Houston, TX 77016

105 West Road
Houston, TX 77037
Map of Medication Drop Box Locations in North Harris County

For a list of other Walgreens drop boxes nearby, visit this locator. For a list of all prescription drop boxes outside of our service area, please visit the 
DEA locations finder

For information on how to dispose of sharps, like needles, click here
. For all other medications that are not accepted in drop boxes, consult the prescription label to determine how to dispose of the medication. If you are unable to find disposal information, contact your local trash facility.

Home Disposal

If you must dispose of medication at home and you do not have access to a medication disposal pouch follow these steps:

Disposal step one   

Check the label of the prescription to see if it can be flushed down a drain. Medications that are safe to be flushed or required to be flushed should be labeled appropriately.

Disposal step two

If the medication cannot be flushed down a drain, pour the medication in a container, like a plastic bag, and mix the medication with an undesirable material, like cat litter or used coffee grounds. For liquid medications, it is best to mix the medicine with an absorbent substance like flour or cat litter.

 Disposal step three

Place the container in the trash and dispose of it as normal.

 Disposal step four  

Scratch or mark out your information on the prescription label before you throw it away to ensure your privacy.

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