Walgreens adding drug disposal bins to some locations (2024)

Walgreens adding drug disposal bins to some locations (1)

By Braden Berg

Published: Dec. 12, 2018 at 5:34 PM CST

Walgreens is now providing a way for you to safely dispose of expired or unwanted medication.

Springfield has two locations offering the free service.

The big blue bins are near the pharmacy, and that is where you can drop off that unwanted medication. Better yet, the service is available everyday.

Walgreens began the drug disposal program in 2016... and starting this week Missouri is the 46th state to take advantage of the program.

"It expanded opportunities for people to have more chances to dispose of prescriptions in the proper way." said Katie Towns, the assistant director of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

14 Walgreens across the show-me state now have the blue bins, including two Springfield locations.

You can go to the Walgreens on Campbell and Battlefield and the store on east Sunshine near Arcadia Avenue to dispose of your medication.

"We have been telling people what not to do with them, and I feel like this gives them an option of what they can do with them safely to dispose of prescriptions." said Towns.

The bins accept prescription or over-the-counter drugs and ointments, but do NOT accept needles or inhalers.

And although Springfield has drug take back days several times during the year... these disposal kiosks are open 24-7.

"Those are the opportunities that we have been driving our community towards but this is sort of that open access option and I think that will give people a much better chance to not hold on to prescriptions in their cabinet." said Towns.

Health officials hope these disposal bins will help in their fight against the opioid crisis.

"Just having an option of immediately going and disposing of those prescriptions in a safe way will give people a way to make their home safer, make their environment safer." added Towns.

The bins are secure and bolted to the floor and are also monitored all day.

Arkansas has already taken part in the program and the Walgreens in Mountain Home has a disposal bin.


Governor Parson Joins Walgreens to Launch Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks in Missouri

Missouri becomes the 46th state where Walgreens offers its safe medication disposal program.

DEERFIELD, Ill., December, 11 2018 – Walgreens announced today it is expanding its first of a kind safe medication disposal program throughout Missouri to allow individuals to dispose of unwanted medication in a drugstore setting year-round at no cost. Governor Mike Parson will join Walgreens at one of its St. Louis locations to launch safe medication disposal kiosks now available at 14 select Walgreens pharmacies across Missouri.

“We are excited to bring a year-round opportunity to safely dispose of unwanted medications in a convenient pharmacy setting at no cost to Missourians. Every day will now be drug take back day in Missouri,” said Marcel Naddaf, Walgreens regional healthcare director in Missouri. “Our kiosk program is one of several steps Walgreens has taken to address the opioid epidemic in along with expanding access to naloxone and installing high secure time delay safes to secure controlled substances in our pharmacies.”

Safe medication disposal kiosks accept unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances such as opioids and over-the-counter medications. Since the program’s inception, Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosks have collected and safely disposed of more than 400 tons of medications.

Working in partnership with AmerisourceBergen, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics, Walgreens has installed safe medication disposal kiosks in more than 1,000 of its stores, with plans to expand to 1,500 stores by spring 2019.”Since the program began, more than 400 tons of medications, which is more than the weight of a 777 jet, has been collected and safely disposed of.

The program makes the disposal of medications easier and more convenient while helping to reduce the misuse of medications and the rise in overdose deaths. The kiosks will be available during regular pharmacy hours and offer one of the best ways to ensure medications are not accidentally used or intentionally misused by someone else.

Walgreens has worked state-by-state since the launch of its safe medication disposal program in 2016. In the few remaining states, Walgreens is available and eager to work with regulators to help update rules to allow drug take-back kiosks to be available in the drugstore setting.

Additionally, Walgreens is able to dispense naloxone in all of its Missouri pharmacies without requiring a prescription. The company has also installed high secure time delay safes in all its Missouri pharmacies to secure controlled substances frequently targeted in criminal activity. By storing these medications in high secure safes, Walgreens has eliminated the immediate availability of these items, while still able to meet the needs of its patients.

Select Missouri Walgreens with Safe Medication Disposal Kiosks:

Arnold – 3937 Vogel Road

Bridgeton – 12345 Saint Charles Rock Road

Cape Girardeau – 1 S. Kingshighway Street

Jefferson City – 2002 Missouri Blvd.

Kansas City – 3845 Broadway Street; 2630 NE Vivion Road

Kirkwood – 441 N. Kirkwood Road

Richmond Heights – 6733 Clayton Road

Saint Louis – 3920 Hampton Ave.; 12098 Lusher Road

Springfield – 2640 E. Sunshine Street; 2951 S. Campbell Ave.

Washington – 890 Washington Corners

Wentzville – 1993 Wentzville Parkway

To learn more about safe medication disposal efforts visit Walgreens.com/combatdrugabuse.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), one of the nation's largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. As of August 31, 2018, Walgreens operates 9,560 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

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Walgreens adding drug disposal bins to some locations (2024)


Walgreens adding drug disposal bins to some locations? ›

Walgreens has installed 600 drug disposal kiosks to its stores since 2016. It's partnering with AmerisourceBergen, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Pfizer and Prime Therapeutics to add 900 more. Walgreens started adding drug disposal units in 2016 and now has 600.

How do I dispose of prescription drugs in my area? ›

Some facilities and businesses are registered with the U.S. DEA to collect your unused or expired medicines. Find an authorized drug collection site near you or call the DEA Diversion Control Division Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 for more information about these collection sites.

How do pharmacies dispose of medications? ›

How do pharmacies dispose of medications? Waste contractors normally collect medicines from pharmacies and transport the old medications to a waste management facility. Here they're treated based on their type – either chemically, thermally, biologically, or physically.

Can I dispose of epipens at Walgreens? ›

Simply bring your unwanted, unused or expired medication to a Walgreens safe medication disposal kiosk and drop it in—just like putting a letter in a mailbox.

How do you dispose of controlled drugs? ›

Patient consent for disposal is required. CDs must be denatured before disposal in the correct disposal container. It is good practice for patent's own CD waste to be denatured in the presence of another member of staff (preferably a registered healthcare professional).

Where can I donate empty pill bottles near me? ›

Stray animal shelters; The local Society for the Protection of Animals; A local grocery store; and. A local church.

What medications can be flushed? ›

  • Diazepam (Diastat/Diastat AcuDial) rectal gel.
  • Fentanyl (Actiq) lozenges.
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic) transdermal system (patches)
  • Fentanyl (Fentora) tablets.
  • Fentanyl (Onsolis) soluble film.
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid) tablets or oral liquid.
  • Meperidine (Demerol) tablets or oral solution.

Can you throw an expired EpiPen in the garbage? ›

A used or expired EpiPen should not be tossed into the garbage as it can cause a needlestick injury in someone handling the bag. Needlestick injuries can potentially expose people to bloodborne diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or HIV.

What is one method of medication disposal that patients should be discouraged from using? ›

Stop before you flush old or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medications down the toilet or drain. These pharmaceuticals can pollute our water and unintentionally expose us to the chemicals in these medications.

How to dispose of NyQuil? ›

The FDA recommends putting drugs in a plastic bag with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or coffee grounds, and throwing them in the garbage,6 which is then taken to a regulated disposal site.

Which pharmacies recycle inhalers? ›

All used inhalers should be returned to your nearest pharmacy for them to dispose of safely. Inhalers are thermally treated to destroy the greenhouse gases. This environmentally safe disposal route is available at all pharmacies and is paid for by NHS England.

What method is used for disposing of controlled drugs? ›

Incineration is the only method currently accepted by the DEA to render a drug non-retrievable. Sewering (pouring down the drain) and landfill disposal (mixing with kitty litter, coffee grounds, etc.)

How do boots dispose of unwanted medicines? ›

Recycle your medicine & vitamin blister packs with Recycle at Boots
  • Register or opt In.
  • Log your empties.
  • Deposit and scan in store.
  • Reward. Register at or opt in via your Recycle at Boots Scan2recycle account. Log your empties in your scan2recycle app to be validated.

How do I dispose of old medications in FL? ›

Florida Drop Off Locations
  1. Micanopy Animal Hospital. 306 NE HWY 441, Micanopy, FL 466-0067.
  2. North Florida Retirement Village. ...
  3. Shands Outpatient Pharmacy. ...
  4. Shores Animal Hospital. ...
  5. Southeastern Community Pharmacy. ...
  6. University of Florida Infirmary. ...
  7. US Department of Agriculture. ...
  8. Walgreens Drug Store.

How to dispose of prescription drugs in MD? ›

You may donate or drop-off drugs at Prescription Drug Repository and Pharmacy Drop-off Locations approved by the Maryland Board of Pharmacy. Special disposal as household hazardous waste is not necessary.

Where can I dispose of old medications in Orange County, California? ›

Take to a household hazardous waste collection center or event, or; Dispose of unused or unwanted medications in the trash safely, ONLY if the above options are NOT available. Destroy the capsules by crushing, breaking and wetting.

How should you dispose of your unused and expired medicine and why? ›

You should ONLY flush medicines when it specifically says to do so on the label. The best way to dispose of your medicines is to bring them to drug take-back programs. These programs safely dispose of medicines by burning them up. Drug take-back programs are organized in most communities and pharmacies.

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