Med Return Program

 The Plymouth County Prescription Medication Disposal Program

medreturnboxPrescription Drug Abuse is a growing problem in our communities.  Under the federal Safe and Secure Disposal Act of 2010, communities are now required to offer residents, a method to collect and dispose of unused or expired prescription and over the counter medications in a safe, legal, secure and environmentally conscious manner.

30 Police and Campus Police Departments across Plymouth County now offer free, anonymous disposal of unused or expired medications that are no longer needed. Receptacles are securely located in the police department lobbies and provide safe accessibility every day, 24 hours a day.  There are no fees involved for the disposal, and there are no questions asked.   Just drop your unwanted medications into the bin, it’s that easy.  Medications should be discarded in their original packaging.  For your protection, please blackout any personal information on the label.


Receptacles are located at the following departments

  • Abington Police Department
  • Brockton Police Department
  • Bridgewater Police Department
  • Bridgewater State University Police Department
  • Carver Police Department
  • Duxbury Police Department
  • East Bridgewater Police Department
  • Halifax Police Department
  • Hanover Police Department
  • Hanson Police Department
  • Hingham Police Department
  • Hull Police Department
  • Kingston Police Department
  • Lakeville Police Department
  • Marion Police Department
  • Marshfield Police Department
  • Massasoit Community College Campus Police Department
  • Mattapoisett Police Department
  • Middleboro Police Department
  • Norwell Police Department
  • Pembroke Police Department
  • Plymouth Police Department
  • Plympton – please use receptacle located at the Carver Police Department
  • Rochester Police Department
  • Rockland Police Department
  • Scituate Police Department
  • Stonehill College Campus Police Department
  • Wareham Police Department
  • West Bridgewater Police Department
  • Whitman Police Department

 


Acceptable Medications

  • Pills, Capsules and Patches
  • Prescription Medications
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Liquid Medicines in unbreakable, leakproof containers
  • Over the Counter Medications
  • Vitamins
  • Pet Medications

Unacceptable Medications

  • Syringes
  • Needles
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Medical Devices
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Non-Prescription liquids, ointments and lotions
  • Other Non-Pharmeceutical Waste

The Prescription Medication Disposal Program is a collaborative effort between the District Attorney´s Office,  The Sheriff´s Department,  The Police Chiefs of Plymouth County,  The Department of Public Health´s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and Covanta Energy.

The Med Return Box Brochure


The DPH’s Guide to Safe Syringe Disposal