Disposal of Unwanted Medications

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Disposal of Unwanted Medications

Expired or unwanted prescriptions should never be flushed down the toilet or a drain.  Residents can drop off expired/unwanted medication in the disposal box at the North Port Police Department. 

Residents can also place them in the garbage by following these Florida state guidelines:

  • Keep medicine in original container. This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.
  • Mark out your name and prescription number for safety.
  • For pills: add some water or soda to start dissolving them; For liquids: add something inedible like cat litter, dirt or cayenne pepper.
  • Close the lid and secure with duct or packing tape.
  • Place the bottle inside a non see-through container like a coffee can or plastic laundry bottle.
  • Hide the container in the trash. Do not put in the recycling bin.

Medical Sharps

Never place hypodermic needles in garbage or recycling containers. The City of North Port Fire Department offers a medical sharps exchange program at no cost. Call 941-240-8150 for more information.