Medication Take-Back

The Town of Erie offers a twice-a-year event and year-round service to residents, making it convenient for you to dispose of your unused and unwanted household medications (controlled, over-the-counter, pet medications). No sharps are permitted.

DEA Drug Take-Back Day

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.
  • 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!


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


For information, please email or call 303-926-2848.

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Year-round Disposal

Offers Erie residents a way to clear their homes of the medications which are no longer needed.


  • 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.


  1. Residents purchase a TakeAway Medication Recovery System envelope at the Erie Police Station. The envelope costs $4.20 and is available for purchase at the Erie Police Department (1000 Telleen Avenue, Erie) Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  2. Fill the prepaid postage, tamper-evident envelope with medications, including controlled substances (Schedules II-V).
  3. Seal the envelope with the special tamper-evident seal.
  4. Drop off at any U.S. Postal Office.


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