Did You Know?

Clearing out your medicine cabinet? Did you know that wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove all pharmaceutical chemicals from the water? Don’t flush or throw away expired prescription and over-the-counter medication. Keep harmful chemicals out of the environment by disposing of prescription and over-the-counter drugs safely, conveniently and responsibly.

Bring your unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to the Drug Take Back event on Saturday, October 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is being hosted by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and will be held rain or shine. They will dispose of your unused medications at no cost to you.

  • Needles or sharps will not be accepted. Epipens are the exception – they will take unused or expired Epipens.
  • Two drop off locations for your convenience:
    • East side of the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center near the 11th/Rhode Island intersection.
    • Outside of the Hy-Vee at 4000 W 6th St.
  • RSVP to the Facebook event page.

If you can’t make the drop-off event, the Sheriff’s office has a drop-off kiosk accessible year-round inside the Judicial & Law Enforcement Center entryway. Click here for program details. Additionally, medications are among the list of items accepted at the City of Lawrence Household Hazardous Waste Facility, call 832-3030 to schedule a drop-off appointment.


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