How to Dispose of Drugs

Remember to store all medications in a safe, secure place in your home out of reach of children and pets. When you are done with medications, It is best to properly dispose of them to ensure they will not be used in a harmful manner.

We encourage all households to take unused or unwanted medications to a nearby collection site when possible. Please click on the link below to find a collection site near you or check with your county, city, or town about other collection opportunities.

New York State Medication Drop Box Locations

Additionally, there are secure MedSafe drop boxes conveniently located in the lobbies of select Northwell Health facilities, including Peconic Bay Medical Center and Southside, South Oaks, and Northern Westchester Hospitals.

For opioid medications (such as oxycodone) and other controlled substances, Vivo Health Pharmacy will provide the Deterra Drug Deactivation System free of charge upon request. Deterra will safely and quickly deactivate the medicine when water is added according to package directions. The entire package may then be tossed in the trash.

As a last resort and in the absence of specific disposal instructions included in your drug packaging, follow the disposal instructions listed below: