Medication Take-Back

Twice-a-year free events (and year-round paid service) are made available to residents for convenient, safe disposal of unwanted household medications (controlled, over-the-counter, pet medications).

Drug Take-Back Events

The Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. The event is held twice annually, in April and October.

  • In 2023, 378 pounds were collected in April, and 201 pounds in October.
  • In 2022, 410 pounds were collected in April and 203 pounds in October. 
  • In 2021, 140 pounds were collected in April and 132 pounds in October.

Let's continue to collect more at each event!


April TBD, 2024
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Erie Police Department
1000 Telleen Avenue, Erie

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Year-round Disposal

'TakeAway Medication Recovery System' envelopes are available for a nominal fee ($4.20 to cover the pre-paid postage) at the Erie Police Department (1000 Telleen Avenue, Erie), Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Next, fill the tamper-evident envelope with medications, including controlled substances (Schedules II-V), seal the envelope with the special tamper-evident seal and drop off at any U.S. Postal Office.


  • Safety of loved ones! Unused medications could fall into the hands of small children and cause accidental poisoning.
  • Protect our environment. Flushing or trash disposal of unused and unwanted medications can cause pollution of lakes, streams, and water supplies.


Additional locations are available.