Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal
Residents may now safely dispose of unused, unneeded and expired over-the-counter and prescriptions medications any day of the week to Fort Collins Police Services, 2221 S. Timberline Road, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. This service is free & anonymous. Items not accepted include: intravenous solutions, injectables, syringes, mercury (thermometers), oxygen containers, chemotherapy/radioactive substances, pressurized canisters and illicit drugs.
Check to see if your pharmacy has a pharmaceutical take-back program and return your unneeded or expired medications to them for proper disposal.
Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Program
Residential hazardous waste is accepted, at no charge, by the Larimer County Household Hazardous Waste Program. For information on pharmaceutical disposal, call 970.498.5773 or larimer.org/SolidWaste/HAZ.HTM
Disposal in Trash
Be sure to make prescription drugs unusable by mixing with an unpalatable, absorbent substance, such as kitty litter or coffee grounds. Crush or dissolve pills in water, then mix with the absorbent material. Pills also can be mixed with glue and dried before discarding.
Read Instructions Before Flushing
Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the information accompanying the medication specifically states it is safe to do so.
Refer to printed disposal instructions that accompany the medication. Controlled substances include, but are not limited, to:
- Actiq (fentanyl citrate)
- Daytrana Transdemal System (fentanyl)
- OxyContin Tablets (oxycodone)
- Avinza Capsules (morphine sulfate)
- Baraclude Tablets (entecavir)
- Ryataz Capsules (atazanavir sulfate)
- Tequin Tablets (gatifloxacin)
- Zerit for Oral Solution (stavudine)
- Merperidine HCl Tablets
- Percocet (Oxcodone and Acetaminophen)
- Xyrem (Sodium Oxybate)
- Fentora (fentanyl buccal tablet)