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.
Before you dispose of medicationBefore you dispose of medication
Remove any ID information
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.
Drug instructions on label
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.
Don’t give away your medications
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.