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AcceptedThe following items are accepted at the Medication Take-Back events:
NOT AcceptedThe following items are NOT accepted at the Medication Take-Back events:
The Medication Take-Back events are FREE!
There is no need to purchase a bag for this event. If you will need to dispose of drugs safely and cannot make it to an event, we offer small plastic bags with return postage paid for $4.20.
We do not require labels to be removed. The drugs collected (and their bottles) are incinerated which removes any ability to trace any medication back to an individual.
Yes! We do accept liquid prescriptions at the Medication Take-Back events.
Yes, we do accept unwanted vitamins at the Medication Take-Back events.
Yes! We do accept pet medications at the Medication Take-Back event.
No, we cannot accept sharps - unless they are still with the medicine in the original packaging.
The Police Department only accepts medications twice a year in one-day (four-hour events) in the Spring and Fall.
Outside of the events, we offer an envelope for you to mail medications for a fee of pre-paid postage $4.20.
You might consider other programs listed on https://www.erieco.gov/1336/Medication-Take-Back
No. Medications do not need to be in any packaging at all. Or, medications can be in packaging.
You're welcome to keep the packaging, or bring it as well for safely disposing. The medications are collected by Erie Police Evidence Technicians, who then pass directly to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) who then use an incinerator.