Disposing of Unwanted Medications
Got Drugs? - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
|Clark High School
||523 W. Spring Creek Pkwy.
|Plano East Senior High School
||3000 Los Rios Blvd.
|Plano Senior High School||2200 Independence Pkwy|
|Plano West Senior High School||5601 W. Parker|
CVS offers a mail-back service utilizing a pre-addressed envelope to send the unwanted medications to a facility for disposal or incineration. The CVS
TakeAway Envelope is available online at cvs.com Opens a New Window. or at any CVS storefront.
Selected Pharmacies Accept Unwanted Medications
Some pharmacies recognize the importance of safety control and dispose of unused medications and offer self-funded collection programs. You can enter your zip code within the Dispose My Meds website to find the closest participating pharmacy. Upon locating the closest participating pharmacy, always contact them directly to ensure their participation and individual program guidelines.
Other Types of Pharmaceutical Waste
- Unused ampoules, vials and IV bags should not be opened (other than to scratch out the patient's name).
- Wrap the container with tape to minimize the breakage, then place in an opaque plastic container (such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub).
- Wrap the outside of the container or bag with additional duct or shipping tape to prevent leakage and never leave needles where others can be injured.
- Dispose of the container in the trash.
- Place syringes/needles in a "Sharps" or rigid plastic container with a screw on lid (like laundry detergent).
- Mark outside container with "needles or sharps"
- Tape or secure lid - if possible
- Place in trash cart for weekly collections and disposal.