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Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Fort Collins Police Services will host a special event to collect unwanted, unused, and expired medications on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members of the public can drop off prescription and over-the-counter medications in the north lot of the Police Department. A drive-up area will be available so citizens can participate without having to exit their vehicles. Read more.

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
  • 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.
  • Controlled Substances
    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)

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