Disposal of Medicine and Medical Waste

Storing unwanted and expired medications at home presents a risk for drug abuse or overdose for consumers as well as children and pets. On the other hand, improper drug disposal can contaminate soil and water, if people trash or flush pharmaceuticals down the sink or drain.

 

The following are the best ways to dispose of medications:

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Collection Events

The city holds take-back events in the spring and fall. Visit the Take Back Meds page for more information, and watch your utility bill for the announcement of collection dates.

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Drug Take-Back Kiosks

There are currently two Drug Take-Back Kiosks in Fort Worth that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

  • Walgreens, 6205 Westcreek Drive, 76133
  • Walgreens, 4520 Western Center Blvd., 76137

Medication disposal kiosks are available at five police stations for Fort Worth residents only. Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Central Division, 501 Jones St., 76102
  • East Division, 1100 Nashville, 76105
  • North Division, 2500 N. Houston St., 76164
  • South Division, 7650 McCart Ave., 76110
  • West Division, 3525 Marquita, 76116

 

Why not flush?

Flushing of medications down the toilet or drain can potentially contaminate our water sources.

Medical Waste

Sharps (needles, syringes, lancets)

Before throwing away sharps in a trash receptacle, place them in a sharps disposal container or hard plastic/metal with a tightly-secured lid (detergent bottles with screw-on lids or a coffee can). When possible, break off syringe needles to prevent reuse.

General Medical Waste

Place IV bags, plastic tubing and similar medical equipment in plastic garbage bags and throw them away in a trash receptacle. These items are not recyclable, whether they have been used or not.