Throw OUT

There’s No Such Thing as Safe Leftovers

  • Seventy-four percent of Utahns currently addicted to opioids get them from a friend or family member.
  • Proper disposal of opioid medications lessens the chance someone will become addicted to them and reduces the impact on the environment.
  • In a recent study, 29 percent of Utahns reported throwing their unused or expired prescription pain meds in the trash, while 15 percent flushed them down the toilet or sink. Throwing in the trash or flushing your medications can affect Utah’s groundwater and fish.
  • Keeping unused opioids in your home can increase the risk for theft.

Use a Local RX Drop Box

Safely dispose of your leftover or expired opioids by using a medication drop box. These permanent community collection sites are FREE and can be found at law enforcement agencies and participating pharmacies across the state.

Prescription Drug Take-back Events

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is held every six months on the last Saturday in April and October. These community events are held across the state to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs.

Upcoming Events:

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
April 29, 2017
10AM to 2PM

Home Disposal

If access to drop boxes or take back events is limited in your area, you can also follow the steps below to dispose of opioids in your household trash.

  • Mix medications (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with items such as kitty litter, a soiled diaper or used coffee grounds; prior to putting in the trash, place the mixture in a sealed device (e.g., plastic bag).
  • Remove or scratch out all information on the prescription label before throwing out your empty pill bottle or other empty medication packaging.
  • If you are still unsure of proper disposal options, call the Utah Poison Control Center, 1-800-222-1222.