Prescription Drug Disposal Program
The goal of the prescription drop box program is to promote the safe disposal of prescription medications to prevent misuse and ensure these items stay out of our water system.
The Prescription Drug Drop Box is available normal business hours (i.e. 9-5) a day 7 days a week and is located in the main lobby of the police station.
We do not accept liquids or needles. Please go to the Edgartown Fire Department to dispose of needles and contact the Edgartown Health Department to dispose of liquids.
There are three types of prescription medications that are commonly misused. They are:
- Opioids: narcotic painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet or Codeine.
- Depressants: used to relieve anxiety or help sleep, like Valium, Klonopin or Xanax.
- Stimulants: used for treating attention deficit disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall or Ritalin.
(Mass. Dept. Health and Human Services, 2015)
Do I need to remove the labels?
- When dropping off the prescription medication there is no need to remove labels or put them in different containers. Simply put your pill bottles or bag of pill bottles in the drop box. No need to worry about your personal information on the label because it will be incinerated.
What happens to the Medication I drop off?
- The prescription drugs you drop off goes into a locked container in our lobby which is emptied frequently and stored in a secure area of the Police Station. Periodically, Officers transport the medications via police cruiser directly to the incinerator. Once at the incinerator Officers watch as they are destroyed.