How Proper Disposal of Medicines Protects You and the Environment

Old or unwanted medicines should never be flushed down the toilet or any drain. Knowing how to properly dispose of medicines helps protect you and the environment, including our drinking water supply:

  • Keeps medicines from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet
  • Prevents poisoning of children and pets
  • Deters misuse by teenagers and adults
  • Avoids health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine, or a medicine that is too old to work well

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You can discard your unused and expired medication, year round, at the permanent Operation Medicine Drop boxes located within the Fayetteville Police Department’s Main Administration Building (467 Hay Street), the Central District Substation (3811 Sycamore Dairy Road), or the Cross Creek District Substation (6147 Raeford Road).