Drug take-back kiosks
There are MedReturn Drug Collection Kiosks at 11 Boston Police Department Stations. You can dispose of your medications safely, confidentially, and for free.
The kiosks are open to all residents, 24 hours a day, seven days a week — no questions asked. This is a safe, effective, and sustainable way to dispose of prescription substances.
What we collect
- prescription medications
- over-the-counter medications
- pet medications
- sample medications
- pills, capsules, inhalers, ointment, and patches
- vitamins, and
- liquids in glass or leak-proof containers.
- needles and sharps
- bloody or infectious waste, and
- aerosol cans.
Map of kiosk locations
|Police station||Address||Phone number|
|A1 Downtown||40 New Sudbury St., Boston, MA 02114||617-343-4240|
|A7 East Boston||69 Paris St., East Boston, MA 02128||617-343-4220|
|B2 Roxbury||2400 Washington St., Roxbury, MA 02119||617-343-4270|
|B3 Mattapan||1165 Blue Hill Ave., Dorchester, MA 02124||617-343-4700|
|C6 South Boston||101 West Broadway, South Boston, MA 02127||617-343-4730|
|C11 Dorchester||40 Gibson St., Dorchester, MA 02122||617-343-4330|
|D4 Back Bay||650 Harrison Ave., Boston, MA 02116||617-343-4250|
|D14 Brighton||301 Washington St., Brighton, MA 02135||617-343-4260|
|E5 West Roxbury||1708 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02132||617-343-4560|
|E13 Jamaica Plain||3345 Washington St., Jamaica Plain, MA 02130||617-343-5630|
|E18 Hyde Park||1249 Hyde Park Ave., Hyde Park, MA 02136||617-343-5600|
Before you dispose of medicationBefore you dispose of medication
Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
If the drug label or patient information on the medication has specific instructions for disposal, please follow those. Don’t flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless this information tells you to.
Do not give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A drug that works for you could be very dangerous for someone else.
What else can you do?
- Keep prescription medicine in a secure place.
- Count and monitor the number of pills you have.
- Lock up your medicine.
- Share information with family, friends, and neighbors.
- Talk to youth about the risks of underage drinking and abusing prescription drugs. Children who learn about the risks from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use than those who don't get that critical message at home.