Pharmaceutical Drug Disposal

Store Safely....Dispose Wisely
  • Store your medicines safely away from children or others who could take your medicine without your permission. This may mean locking up your medicines.
  • Practice safe disposal by taking unused or expired medicines to a disposal location (see list to the right).
  • Flush pills or liquid medication down the toilet or drain. Flushing pollutes drinking water and potentially harms aquatic life.

Studies have detected medicines in our water supplies.

If you have no other choice, you can throw most medicines in household trash if you follow these steps:
  • Remove medicine from containers and destroy labels to help protect privacy. Recycle containers if possible or hide them in the trash.
  • Mix medicine with something that cannot be eaten, such as used cat litter or coffee grounds, to prevent accidental or intentional misuse of medicine by children or animals.
  • Wrap the mixture in another material, such as newsprint or a paper sack, or place medicine in seal-able containers (cans, plastic bags).
  • Throw in the trash on the day your garbage is collected.

Disposing of Sharps and Needles
  • Place syringes and other injectables in a rigid (empty laundry detergent) or metal container with a screw on cap.
  • Place a label/warning on the container (Example: Syringes - Do Not Recycle).
  • Place sealed containers in the trash, not recycling.
  • Or purchase a sharps container at your pharmacy. Your pharmacy may see pharmacy may sell pre-labeled, mail-back containers.

Disposing of Patches:
  • Only for used fentanyl or Duragesic pain patches: fold in half, sticky side together and flush down the toilet. These patches are dangerous if not flushed immediately after use.
  • Take unopened patches to the DEA National Take-Back Initiative or to a local drop off location.
  • Use the Colorado Medication Take-Back or DEA National Take-Back Initiative for proper disposal of other patches.

DEA & Law Enforcement Take-Back
  • Visit for the dates/locaitons of the DEA National Take-Back Initiative in the Spring and Fall of each year.
  • Visit, for law enforcement take-bake locations.

Prescription Drug Drop Off Locations:
The Greenwood Village Police Department encourages you to take your expired or no longer prescription drugs to a drug drop off location. This effort is focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances and other medications from our nation's medicine cabinets throughout the year.

Generally Accepted Items
  • Any pill, powder or fluid type medication
  • Herbal drugs
  • Prescription drugs

Items Not Accepted
  • Aerosol medications
  • Chemotherapy/radioactive substance
  • Illicit drugs
  • Mercury thermometers
  • No Needles and sharps
  • Oxygen containers
  • Pressurized canisters

Business List
The following is a list of businesses that will take the medications year round.
King Soopers:
  • 9551 S. University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch
  • 100 Founders Pkwy. in Castle Rock
  • 4271 S. Buckley Rd. in Aurora
  • 2810 Quebec St. in Denver
  • 3400 Youngfield St. in Wheat Ridge
  • 1650 30th St. in Boulder
  • 1173 Bergen Pkwy. in Evergreen

Denver Health:
Wellington E. Webb Center for Primary Care
301 W. 6th Ave.
Denver, CO