Community Drug Take Back Programs

Many communities across the U.S. have shared their MedReturn Drug Collection program stories and photos. Read community drug take back stories here, or view our entire photo gallery.

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CVS Health teams up with Partnership for Drug-Free Kids with Medication Disposal Program

Toledo, OH

CVS Health has a longstanding commitment to help communities address and prevent drug abuse through education, outreach and safe medication disposal. CVS Health has teamed up with the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids to launch the Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, which has donated more than 500 drug disposal units to police departments around the country. The program gives members of the community a safe and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unwanted medication and has already collected more than 28 metric tons of prescription drugs across the U.S.

Pictured: Nicole Harrington, Senior Director Pharmacy Services, is joined by other CVS Health leaders in the Toledo, Ohio area to present Washington Township Police Chief Christopher Kaiser with a drug disposal unit as part of the CVS Health and Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Safer Communities Program.



D.E.A. to Allow Return of Unused Pills to Pharmacies

From New York Times - "Concerned by rising rates of prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that it would permit consumers to return unused prescription medications like opioid painkillers to pharmacies."

"To get prescribed drugs off the streets, police stations in 49 states have installed roughly 1,500 permanent steel boxes made by MedReturn, a Wisconsin company."

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Drug drop box program has been a success for local sheriff's office

The Adair County Sheriff's Office medication disposal project has been proven very successful over the past two years, which began in August 2012.

Since its start, the office has collected almost 1,800 pounds of medications, making Adair County, Kirksville, MO, one of the most successful counties in the state when it comes to collecting unwanted or unused medications to be disposed of properly.

The program is sponsored by Missouri's Youth/Adult Alliance. You can find out more about them at



Preventive Medicine: drugs burned to save lives

Massachusetts has very effective MedReturn Drug Collection county-wide programs. This article explains the process of how some communities destroy the unwanted medications they have collected. "Preventive Medicine: drugs burned to save lives," from the Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

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CVS/pharmacy To Support Safer Communities through Donation of Drug Collection Units to Police Departments Nationwide

April 24, 2014 - CVS/pharmacy announced that it is teaming up with The Partnership at to create an innovative community donation program through which local police departments can apply to receive a drug collection unit to help their communities safely dispose of unwanted medications, including controlled substances.

As part of CVS/pharmacy's Medication Disposal for Safer Communities program, up to 1,000 receptacles will be awarded to police departments through an application process that will launch on May 1, 2014 at
CVS/pharmacy and The Partnership at will obtain the drug collection units from MedReturn, LLC



Healthy Pennsylvania - Prescription Drug Collection Program

Healthy Pennsylvania - Prescription Drug Collection ProgramSome 250 permanent drug take-back receptacles have begun to be placed in secure locations around the commonwealth for Pennsylvanians to dispose of their unused and outdated medicine in a safe and environmentally sound way. Gov. Tom Corbett was on hand for the kickoff. His Healthy Pennsylvania Prescription Drug Take-Back Program initiative focuses on alleviating the health and safety concerns from the diversion and abuse of prescription medications by helping communities properly dispose of unused prescription medications.

The Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency awarded grants to District Attorney’s in 29 Pennsylvania counties for permanent drug take-back units.



Eagle Scout Project

Medication Disposal with a MedReturn Drug Collection Unit - an Eagle Scout Project

Kurt Eagle Scout projectFrom "When it came time to choose an Eagle Scout project, Kurt had two requirements - help the community and help him develop his leadership skills. In the end, the project he chose had an additional benefit - protecting the environment." read more

The MedReturn Drug Collection Unit was purchased for the Freeport, IL Police Department. Kurt, a high school student, coordinated the project with the Stephenson County Sheriff's Department, the Freeport Police Department, the Freeport Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council, the Stephenson County Health Department, the Public Health Foundation of Northwest Illinois, and FHN (Freeport Health Network).

Congratulations to Kurt in taking on such an important topic with his choice of Eagle Scout Projects! He is a shining example of the care and passion of our next generation of leaders.



Future Problem Solver

Future Problem SolverJr. High School student, Zain, from Paris, Texas entered the Texas Future Problem Solving 2012 competition with a year-long project about the MedReturn Drug Collection Unit concept. He was named Grand Champion and presented his project to an audience of 2000 plus in Austin, TX.

He represented Texas in the International competition in June at Indiana University and won both First Place and Grand Champion titles of the Junior Individual Community Problem Division with "Campaign EPIDEMIC".

He then went on to the Science and Engineering Fair 2012 in San Antonio and presented a project on the detrimental effects of medication on the environment, agriculture and the US economy, after improper disposal. He was awarded First Place.

Zain also organized an opening ceremony for the first permanent medication unit in Lamar County, a MedReturn Drug Collection Unit, and was awarded a key to the city. Those who attended included the Mayor, Chief of Police, Paris ISD superintendent,  school principal and local physicians.

Congratulations to Zain in taking on such an important topic at such a young age. Let's hear it for positive peer pressure and Zain's role in advocating safe prescription drug disposal!

More MedReturn Community Stories


Wisconsin MedReturn Communities

Only the second sustained county-wide drug take back program in the U.S. was rolled out in Ozaukee County in Wisconsin, just north of Milwaukee County.

read more from Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel

A drug take back program was created in Madison, WI named "MedDrop", and through a Wisconsin DEA agent, learned about the MedReturn Drug Collection Unit as a permanent prescription drug collection receptacle for citizens to drop off their unused prescription medications.

watch news story from nbc15 in Madison, WI

Chippewa County, WI Community Drug Task Force now has three MedReturn receptacles up and running in Chippewa County. The Drug Task Force has united with St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls, WI to do more education on this topic. View the video below, created by Chippewa County Community Drug Task Force and St. Joseph's Hospital, Chippewa Falls.

watch "GOT DRUGS? Adventures of an Informed Citizen"


Bucks County, PA

The Borough of Quakertown, PA became the first municipality in Bucks County to place a permanent "drop box" in their police department headquarters for citizens to safely dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

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Massachusetts County-wide Programs

Massachusetts has installed over 100 MedReturn Drug Collection Units throughout the state with county-wide programs in Middlesex, Norfolk and Northwestern Massachusetts.

read more from Boston Globe


Minneapolis, MN

News story about the importance of properly disposing unneeded prescription drugs.

watch news story from KARE-TV


Kennebec County, ME

Two MedReturn Drug Collection units were paid for through a Drug Free Communities grant, and the purchase was made by BestCare Treatment Services and the Jefferson County Prevention Task Force.

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Nye County, Nevada

Laura Oslund from Nye Communities Coalition in Nevada gives some shocking drug disposal statistics.

watch news story from KPVM-TV


Soldatna, AK

On the central Kenai Peninsula of Alaska, law enforcement agencies, the Central Peninsula Hospital Foundation and Soldotna Professional Pharmacy have teamed up to encourage and facilitate an unused or expired prescription drug disposal program.

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