Pharmaceuticals

Drug “take-back” programs let people conveniently drop off unused drugs for safe disposal. Here are some resources on how to dispose of your old meds in Missouri and materials to help promote drug take-back programs.

To search pharmaceutical take-back and safe disposal locations in Missouri, please click map image.

Why is this important? When leftover or expired drugs are thrown in the trash, in the toilet, or down the drain, they end up in landfills, sewage systems, or wastewater treatment facilities that are not equipped to remove them. From there, they enter our waterways, where they threaten wildlife and the quality of our drinking water. When stored in the home long term, they can fall into the wrong hands – leading to drug abuse, misuse, or accidental poisonings and contributing to the prescription drug abuse epidemic. In fact, seven out of 10 people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, often from medicine cabinets.

Fact Sheet: Got Leftover Medicine? A Resource for Missouri

Note: The second page of the fact sheet is intentionally left blank so that your local government or organization can add information that is region-specific and up-to-date.


Social Media Resources: Promoting Proper Disposal

The resources below can be downloaded and used to promote proper disposal of medications via social media. These materials include social media graphics, a video, and recommended social media content language.

Click here for sample social media posts!