Kansas Medication Collection and Disposal Program


Each year in Kansas, millions of prescription medications go unused or expire. The Kansas Medication Collection and Disposal Program offers Kansans a convenient, safe and environmentally responsible option for disposing of unwanted medications. Proper disposal reduces accumulation in the home and the subsequent risk of unintentional poisoning, drug abuse and diversion. By utilizing a take-back location for your unused medications, you help us to limit the environmental impact that they may have on our surface and groundwater. Please join us in this important endeavor to safeguard our families and the environment.


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Pharmacy Program Information


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For more information, contact the Kansas Board of Pharmacy at 785-296-4056 or pharmacy@ks.gov

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What medications are accepted?

The following list of items may be taken to a location that accepts non-controlled medications for disposal. This list is not all inclusive and you may want to contact the location if you have a specific item not seen below.

  • Non-controlled prescription medications
  • Over the counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins
  • Liquid medications in glass or leak-proof containers
  • Medicated ointments and lotions
  • Inhalers

What is NOT accepted?

Pharmacies can NOT accept the following items.

  • Narcotics and other controlled substances (unless the pharmacy has a DEA-authorized collection receptacle)
  • Illicit drugs
  • Bloody and infectious waste
  • Needles or other sharp objects
  • IV Bags
  • Bandages
  • Personal care products
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Aerosol cans
  • Thermometers
  • Empty medication containers

Household Hazardous Waste Facilities can NOT accept the following items.

  • Narcotics and other controlled substances
  • Illicit drugs
  • Bloody and infectious waste
  • Needles and other sharps
  • IV Bags
  • Bandages
  • Empty medication containers

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What is an non-controlled substance?

A non-controlled substance is a drug or other substance that is not considered to be a controlled substance under the Controlled Substance Act (DEA regulations 21 CFR Sections 1308.11 through 1308.15). A controlled substance is a drug or other substance that is controlled under the Controlled Substance Act due to its potential for abuse and likelihood of causing dependence. For more information about a prescription medication please contact your physician or pharmacist.

For a current list of controlled substances please visit the following site: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/index.html.

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How do I prepare medications for drop off?

Take-back locations can accept medications in many types of packaging including glass, plastic bottles, bubble packs, containers, or sealable plastic bags. If possible make sure that the containers are not leaking or damaged. Leaking or damaged items should be put into sealable plastic bags to prevent spilling.

Once you have gathered all of your unwanted medications from throughout the house, it is important to remove or block out any personal identification from the containers. This can be done with a permanent marker or by removing the label itself. You can also empty pills into a sealable plastic bag for disposal as an added convenience.

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Where do I take them?

You can drop off your non-controlled medications at a:

  • Pharmacy registered with the Kansas Board of Pharmacy; or
  • Household hazardous waste facility permitted or registered with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

You can drop off your controlled substances at a:

  • Pharmacy registered with the Kansas Board of Pharmacy.
  • Your local law enforcement agency may accept controlled substances but contact the agency first to ask them if they are currently accepting controlled substances.
For a list of registered pharmacies, please check the Kansas Board of Pharmacy website at https://pharmacy.ks.gov/ or contact your local pharmacy.

If you are unable to take your medications to a drop-off location you can dispose of them in your household trash through the kitty litter/coffee grounds method. Do NOT flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label specifically instructs you to do so.

Explanation of the kitty litter/coffee grounds method: Remove the medications from their original packaging and crush, dissolve, or thoroughly mix the medications with water or another liquid. Blister packs can be wrapped in duct tape or other obstructive material. Then add it to kitty litter or coffee grounds to make it as undesirable as possible. Place the entire mix in a container such as a sealable plastic bag, coffee canister, detergent bottle, or equivalent container and dispose of it in the trash. The objective is to make the contents as contained, concealed, and distasteful as possible to lessen the likelihood that children or animals will ingest them. This method is recommended so that the medications will be unrecognizable if someone were to go through your trash.

Never share or give medications to friends or family! A prescription medication that works for you could be dangerous or potentially fatal for someone else.

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Program resources for pharmacies

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Program resources for HHWs

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