Prescription Drug Medication Drop Box

The Keene Police Department has a permanent disposal location for unused, unwanted and expired medications. The drop box is located in the lobby of the Keene Police Department and is available for use to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Pharmaceuticals may be disposed of in the original containers or in a sealed plastic bag.  Liquids must remain in the original container.

Acceptable items are Prescription medication (Controlled and Non-Controlled), Over-the-counter (OTC) medication, Vitamins, Syrups, Ointments, Creams, Lotions. Before you throw away the medication container or bottle, fully mark out any personal information such as your name, address, or prescription number to protect your privacy.

We have also installed a “Sharps Box” on the wall next to the medication drop box. You can drop off needles, syringes, or lancets into that box.

Why Should I Be Concerned About Safe Disposal of Medicines?

Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans. However, expired medications or unused drugs often stay in the back of cabinets for months or even years. These expired drugs can pose significant health hazards to toddlers, teens, and even family pets who may inadvertently consume medications. Some medications are so potent that even one dose could be fatal if accidentally ingested.

There are other important safety issues: misuse of prescription narcotic drugs is increasingly a major public health concern. Over 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths, with more than half being from heroin and prescription opioids. The abuse of prescription narcotics is second only to the use of marijuana.

Please click here for the guidelines for use and what is accepted for disposal in the box.

Proper Disposal of Personal Medical Sharps "needles"

Click here for Medical Sharps Labels you can print.