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Disposal Sites & Events for Homeowners

Do you have leftover or unwanted medicine at home? Here is information about how to properly and safely dispose of those medicines.

Waste pharmaceuticals management for businesses: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/pharm

Local Drop-offs by County

DEA National Take Back Initiative

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has been hosting national drug take back days twice a year. Their next event is scheduled for October 22, 2016 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Collection sites will be listed at this website: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

DEA’s disposal regulations including how your facility can becomes an "authorized collector" can be found here: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take my unwanted medicine to my pharmacy?

New federal regulations allow pharmacies to have collection programs. You should check with your pharmacy to see if it is available. If not, consider asking them to start a collection program.

Can I take my unwanted medicine to a hospital?

New federal regulations allow hospitals to have collection programs. You should check with your hospital to see if it is available. If not, consider asking them to start a collection program.

Can I take my unwanted medicine to my doctor?

In most cases, your doctor will not be able to take them back. If the doctor is located in a hospital with a collection program, he will be able to direct you to the collection container.

Can I donate my unwanted medicine?

In most cases, no. However, the Department of Health has information about donating chemotherapy drugs here:

Can I put my unwanted medicine in my SHARPS container?

No, medicine should not be disposed in your sharps container. For information on sharps disposal click here.

If I don’t have a pharmacy, doctor, or hospital collection program available and I can’t donate them or put them in my sharps container, how do I dispose of them if there is no local collection opportunity for me?

Please use our guidance document which will show you how to safely disguise and dispose of your medication in your trash. Although not our preferred disposal method, it is better than flushing unwanted medicines.

For more information, please click here.

Mail Back Programs Through Retailers and Disposal Products

Some retailers sell mail back products for unwanted medicines. These are suitable for household use as long as you follow package directions. There are also products available to mix with medications so they can be disposed in the trash. They are also designed for use by homeowners.

None of these products are suitable for disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals from a business like a medical facility or pharmacy. DEP does not regulate any of these products.

If you cannot find a drop-off site please use the disposal guidance here.

Alachua County

For locations and operation times of permanent collection sites and directions on what is accepted:

Bay County

Walgreens Pharmacy
1402 Ohio Avenue Lynn Haven, FL 32444; Phone: 850-265-0499

USAF – Tyndall AFB 325th Medical Group (ACC) SGSM
340 Magnolia Circuit Tyndall AFB, FL 32403; Phone: 850-283-7541

Brevard County

The Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative
Citizens of Brevard County can drop off medications at any of the BCSO precincts.
Find addresses here:

Broward County

Visit this web site for information about upcoming unwanted medication collection events.

Calhoun County

Blountstown Drugs INC
20370 Central Avenue W, Blountstown, FL 32424; Phone: 850-674-2222

Charlotte County

Permanent Drop Box Locations:

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office District 1
6868 San Casa Dr., Englewood

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office District 4
3280 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

Punta Gorda Fire Department
1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

Citrus County

Permanent Drop Box Location:

Citrus County Sheriff’s
1 Dr Martin Luther King Jr Avenue
Inverness, FL 34450-4994

Collier County

Bring your expired, unused, or unwanted medication to the Naples Recycling Center and the Solid Waste Management Department will ensure that it is disposed of properly. No controlled substances can be accepted. Simply place your medications still in original container (black out your name from label, but leave name of medication on label) into the pharmaceutical disposal container at the recycling center.

East Naples

Collier County Sheriff’s Office
3319 Tamiami Trail East
Phone: (239) 774-4434
Mon. – Fri., 7:30am - 5pm
Zip Code: 34112

Naples Recycling Center
(no controlled substances)
2640 Enterprise Avenue
Phone: (239) 643-3099
Tues. - Sat., 8:30am - 4:30pm
Zip Code: 34104

Collier County Medical Examiner
3838 Domestic Avenue
Phone: (239) 434-5020
Mon. – Fri., 9am - 4pm
Zip Code: 34104

North Naples

Collier County Sheriff’s Office
776 Vanderbilt Beach Road
Phone: (239) 597-1607
Mon. – Fri., 8am - 5pm
Zip Code: 34108

North Collier Recycling Center
9950 Goodlette Frank Rd N
(no controlled substances)
Phone: (239) 252-8617
Tues.-Sat., 8:30am-11am, 12pm-4:30pm
Zip Code: 34109

City of Naples

Naples Police Department
355 Riverside Circle
Phone: (239) 213-4890
Mon. – Fri., 8am - 5pm
Zip Code: 34102

Marco Island

Marco Island Police Department
51 Bald Eagle Drive
Phone: (239) 389-5050
Mon. – Fri., 8am - 5pm
Zip Code: 34145

Marco Island Recycling Center
(no controlled substances)
990 Chalmers Drive
Phone: (239) 252-5153
Tues. - Sat., 8:30am - 4:30pm
Zip Code: 34145

Golden Gate

Collier County Sheriff’s Office
4707 Golden Gate Parkway
Phone: (239) 455-3121
Mon. – Fri., 8am - 5pm.
Zip Code: 34116

Everglades City

Everglades City Hall
102 Copeland Avenue
Phone: (239) 695-3781
Mon. – Fri., 8am - 5pm
Zip Code: 34139


Collier County Sheriff’s Office
112 South First Street
Phone: (239) 657-6168
Mon.—Fri., 7am to 7pm.;
Sat—Sun., 7am to 5pm
Zip Code: 34142

DeSoto County

DeSoto County Sheriff's Office
208 E. Cypress St. Arcadia, FL 34266
(863)993-4700 x 2254

Duval County

Permanent Drop Box Location:

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Forsyth Street entrance of the Police Memorial Building at North Washington Street next to the jail. 24 Hours a day.

Read more at Jacksonville.com:

Neptune Beach Police Department
200 Lemon Street
Available 24 hours a day in the lobby

  • Only prescription and over-the counter medications that are in pill or patch form may be deposited.
  • No loose pills may be deposited.
  • Drugs must be in a container such as a pill bottle, box, blister pack, or zip lock bag.
  • No liquids, gels, needles, aerosols, or biohazard materials may be deposited.
  • Businesses, such as clinics or pharmacies, wishing to dispose of unwanted stock are not permitted to use this drop box. These DEA registrants must follow Federal Regulation 21CFR1307.21 for disposal of unwanted stock.

Escambia County

Pensacola Police Department
711 N Haynes Street Pensacola, FL 32501; Phone: 850-435-1900
No sharps or liquids.

USN-Naval Hospital
600 West Highway 98 Building 2268 Pensacola, FL 32512; Phone: 850-505-6601

Franklin County

Franklin County Landfill accepts and incinerates all pharmaceuticals.

Franklin County Solid Waste
210 Highway 65
Eastpoint, FL 32328

Gulf County

Gulf County Sheriff’s Office
1000 Cecil G. Costin Sr. Blvd., Port St. Joe, FL 32456; Phone: 850-227-1115
8AM-5PM CT Mon-Fri

Hardee County

Wauchula Police Department
128 S 7th Ave
Wauchula, Florida 33873
Phone: (863) 773-3265
Open Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5pm (excluding holidays)

  • Only prescription and over-the-counter medications that are in pill or patch form may be deposited
  • No loose pills may be deposited
  • Drugs must be in a container (pill bottle, box, blister pack or zip-lock bag)
  • No liquids, gels, needles, aerosols, or biohazard materials may be deposited
  • Business, such as clinics or pharmacies, are not permitted to use this drop box. These DEA registrants must follow Federal Regulation for disposal of unwanted items

Hendry County

Hendry County hosts a collection event called Operation Medicine Cabinet. Details of upcoming events can be found at:

Hernando County

Residents are allowed to bring their unwanted medications to the any of the three following Solid Waste & Recycling locations. Residents must pour their own medication into a funnel, and take the empty medication bottles with them.

Northwest Solid Waste Facility
14450 Landfill Rd
Brooksville, FL 34614

West Hernando Convenience Center
2525 Osowaw Blvd
Spring Hill, FL 34607

East Hernando Convenience Center
33070 Cortez Blvd
Ridge Manor, FL 33523

Highlands County

Permanent Drop Box Locations:

Sebring Police Department
307 North Ridgewood Drive
Sebring, FL 33870-7206
M - F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM excluding holidays

Lake Placid Police Department
8 North Oak Avenue
Lake Placid, FL 33852

Avon Park Police Department
1535 State Road 64 West Suite 101
Avon Park, FL

Hillsborough County

Tampa Police Dept.
411 N. Franklin St.
(Open 24 hours)

District 1 Sheriff’s Office
14102 North 20th Street
Tampa, FL

District 2 Sheriff’s Office
2310 North Falkenburg Road
Tampa, FL

District 3 Sheriff’s Office
7202 Gunn Highway
Tampa, FL

District 4 Sheriff’s Office
503 33rd Street SE
Ruskin, FL

Indian River County

The Sheriff’s Office provides this service at 4055 41st Avenue, Vero Beach. See this website for more information:

Lake County

Tavares, Florida has established a “Don’t Flush” campaign that resulted in an overflow of unused medications being turned into the Tavares Police. It’s not unusual for the collection box to be filled to capacity several times a day. The low cost campaign consisted of 50 posters and 2,000 bookmarks. The posters were supplied to local doctors and other medical providers. Bookmarks are distributed to our local library and to doctor’s offices. A City staff member, when available, will stop by nursing homes and assisted living facilities to drop off a supply of bookmarks or to informally speak to staff members about the program. The campaign was initiated by our Water Department and our message emphasizes the harm these pills can do to our water supply and our local wildlife if disposed of by flushing or pouring them down the drain.

Lee County

The Sheriff’s Office provides this service at any of their five district lobbies, Monday – Friday from 7:30 – 5:30. No syringes please. Go here to find directions to the district offices:

Leon County

City of Tallahassee: Tallahassee Police Department, 234 E. Seventh Ave. has an anonymous permanent disposal bin in the lobby. No liquids or sharps please.

Madison County

The Village Pharmacy ACV Community Services LLC
10820 Marvin Jones Blvd Dowling Park, FL 32060; Phone: 386-658-5860

Manatee County

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office
600 301 Blvd. W., #202, Bradenton. 24 hours/7 days
407 57th Ave. E., Bradenton. M-F, 8:00am - 4:00pm
5030 U.S. Hwy 301 N., Ellenton, M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm

Bradenton Beach Police Department
403 Highland Ave, Bradenton Beach
M-F 8:00am - 4:00pm

City of Bradenton Police Department
100 10th St. W., Bradenton 24hours/7days

Holmes Beach Police Department
5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach
M-F 7:00am - 4:00pm

Palmetto Police Department
1115 10th St. W., Palmetto 24hours/7days

Town of Longboat Key Police Department
5460 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm

See this web site for more information:

Martin County

Permanent Drop Box Location:

Martin County Sheriff’s Office
800 Southeast Monterey Road
Stuart, FL

Monroe County

County-wide, citizens may bring no-longer-needed prescription drugs and other medications in for disposal, or call and someone will pick the medications up for disposal. Please leave the medicine in its original container:

  • In the Upper Keys, medications will be accepted at the Plantation Key Substation Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or at the Murray Nelson building in Key Largo on Wednesdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For pickup, call 305-853-3211 during office hours.
  • In the Middle Keys, the Marathon Substation will accept any medications Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For pickup, call 305-289-2430 during office hours.
  • In the Lower Keys, citizens can drop off medications at the Freeman Substation on Cudjoe Key Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 305-745-3184 for pickup.

Key Biscayne Police Department
88 W. McIntyre Street
(305) 365-5555
No sharps, liquids, aerosols or ointments please.

Nassau County, Fernandina Beach Police Department

Permanent Drop Box Location:
1525 Lime Street
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, 7 days a week
No needles, glass bottles or liquids please

Okaloosa County

Okaloosa County Courthouse Annex - Shalimar
1250 Eglin Parkway Shalimar, FL 32579; Phone: 850-651-7200
Regular business hours Monday - Friday

Okaloosa County Sheriff Office - North End District Office
296 Brackin Street Crestview, FL 32539; Phone: 850-689-5650
Regular business hours Monday - Friday

Okaloosa County Sheriff Office - Destin Substation 107
107 Stahlman Ave. Destin, FL 32541; Phone: 850-609-2094 - Regular business hours Monday – Friday

USAF – Eglin AFB Satellite Pharmacy
Memorial Trail Building 1758 Eglin AFB, FL 32542; Phone: 850-883-8000

Orange County

Belle Isle Police Department
1521 Nela Avenue
Belle Isle, FL 32809
Drop Off Times: Monday-Friday – 8am-3:30pm

East Orange County Sheriff’s Substation
11000 Lake Underhill Road
Orlando, Florida 32825
Drop Off Times: Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm

Northwest Orange County Sheriff’s Substation
1111 North Rock Springs Road
Apopka, Florida 32712
Drop Off Times: Monday–Friday 8am – 5pm

Ocoee Police Department
646 Ocoee Commerce Parkway
Ocoee, FL 34761
Drop Off Times: Monday-Thursday, 7:30am–5:30pm and Friday, 8:00am–5:00pm

Orange County Sheriff’s Office – Sheriff’s Office Central Operations
2500 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32804
Drop Off Times: Monday–Friday - 8am–5pm

Orlando Police Department
100 S. Hughey Ave.
Orlando, FL 32801
Drop Off Times: Monday-Friday - 7am-7pm

South Orange County Sheriff’s Substation
2400 West 33rd Street
Orlando, Florida 32839
Drop Off Times: Monday-Friday - 8am–5pm

UCF Health Services Pharmacy
4098 Libra Drive
Orlando, FL 32816-3333
Drop Off Times: Monday–Friday, 8am–6:30pm & Saturday 10am-2pm

UCF Student Union
12715 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32816
Drop Off Times: Monday-Friday 7am-9pm, Saturday 9am-7pm & Sunday 11am-7pm

West Orange County Sheriff’s Substation
475 West Story Road
Ocoee, Florida 34761
Contact Number: 407-254-6801
Hours: Monday–Friday 8am–5pm

Windermere Police Department
620 Main Street
Windermere, FL 34786
Drop Off Times: Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

Winter Garden Police Department
251 W Plant St
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Drop Off Times: Monday-Friday 8am–5pm

Winter Park Police Department
500 N. Virginia Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
Drop Off Times: During normal lobby business hours between 8:00am-5:00pm - Monday through Friday, except for holidays

Palm Beach County

“Operation Pill Drop” has several drop-off sites listed here:

Pasco County

Dade City Police Dept.
38042 Pasco Avenue, Dade City, FL
(open 8am - 5pm)

Pasco Sheriff’s Office
34609 St Rd 52, Dade City
(open 8am - 5pm)

Pasco Sheriff’s Office –West Operations Center
7432 Little Rd New Port Richey
(open 8am - 5pm)

Pasco Sheriff’s Office
11530 Trinity Blvd, Trinity, FL
(open 8am - 5pm)

Pasco Detention Facility
20101 Central Blvd, Land O' Lakes, FL
(open 24/7 – 7 days)

Pinellas County

Pinellas County has three permanent drop-off locations for residents to use for unwanted or expired medicines. Local law enforcement periodically sponsors take back events throughout the county. The County's website, www.pinellascounty.org/utilities/getridofit/medications.pdf offers up-to date information and suggestions for residents and businesses regarding safe disposal of medicine. The Division of Solid Waste and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are partnering to further this message via pharmacies by placing information on their counters to educate the public regarding the problem and to promote safe disposal. This awareness campaign is currently being expanded to include funeral homes.

Dunedin: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
North District
737 Loudon Ave.
(727) 582-6900
7 a.m. to 11 p.m./7 days

Largo: Pinellas County Sherriff's Office Administration
10750 Ulmerton Rd.
(727) 582-6200
7 a.m. to 11 p.m./7 days

Treasure Island: Police Dept.
180 108th Ave.
(727) 547-4595
24 hours/7 days

Polk County

Medications must be deposited in a sealed container. No loose pills, liquids, or contraband please.

Auburndale Police Department
2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
(weekdays 8am – 5pm)

Haines City Police Department
35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
(weekdays 8am – 5pm)

Lakeland Police Department
219 N. Massachusetts Ave., Lakeland, FL
(24 hours/7 days)

Lake Alfred Police Department
190 North Seminole Ave., Lake Alfred, FL
(24 hours/7 days)

Winter Haven Police Department
125 North Lake Silver Dr., Winter Haven, FL
(weekdays 8am – 6pm)

Santa Rosa County

Permanent Drop Box Locations:

District One – Gulf Breeze Area
1322 College Parkway Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Two –Navarre Area
8597 High School Blvd. Navarre, FL 32566
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Three – Pace Area
4775 Pace Patriot Boulevard Pace, FL 32571
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Four -East Milton Area
5755 East Milton Road Milton, FL 32583
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

District Five – Jay Area
3695 Highway 4 Jay, FL 32565
Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

USAF - 1st Special Operations Medical Group – SGSMM
131 Howie Walters Rd. Bldg. 91072 Hurlburt Field, FL 32544; Phone: 850-884-7464

Sarasota County

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
(941) 861-4081
Lobby Hours: 24 Hours a Day
2071 Ringling Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34237

Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
(941) 861-1704
Lobby Hours: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
4531 State Road 776
Venice, FL 34293

Sarasota Police Department
(941) 366-8000
Lobby Hours: 24 Hours a Day
2099 Adams Lane
Sarasota, FL 34236

Venice Police Department
Lobby Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
1350 Ridgewood Ave.
Venice, FL 34285

North Port Police Department
(941) 429-7300
Lobby Hours: 24 Hours a Day
4980 City Hall Blvd.
North Port, FL 34291

Seminole County

10 Permanent Drop Box Locations:

St. Johns County

Permanent Drop Box Location:

St. Johns County
Sheriff’s Office Main Lobby
4015 Lewis Speedway
St. Augustine, FL

St. Lucie County

Permanent Drop Box Location:

Port St. Lucie Sheriff's Office.
Prescription Medication Disposal Box

Volusia County

Take back drugs for disposal at one of these locations:

  • 1706 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
  • 1200 Deltona Blvd., Suite 44, Deltona
  • 94 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary
  • 999 3rd Street, Holly Hill
  • 101 E. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach

Or, call to arrange to have the Sheriff’s office pick them up from your home:
(386) 822-5070 in West Volusia
(386) 248-1770 in the Daytona Beach area
(386) 423-3870 in New Smyrna Beach area

Read a press release about the program:

Walton County

Walton County Sheriff Office
752 Triple G Rd. Defuniak Springs, FL 32433; Phone: 850-892-8111
Drop off box inside building

Please send information about events, permanent take back sites and mail back programs for inclusion on this webpage to Laurie.Tenace@dep.state.fl.us or call 850-245-8759.

Last updated: November 04, 2016

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