City of Upper Arlington, Ohio

Prescription Drug Take-Back

DEA Drug Take Back Day

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2018
Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road - Tremont Road side parking lot
Drop off old and unused prescription drugs drive-thru style at the MSC for at the next DEA Drug Take Back Day. Can't make it to the drop off? Bring your prescriptions to the Police Division at the MSC for disposal in the Drug Collection Unit per the instructions below.

Drug Collection Unit - Municipal Services Center

Thanks to a grant from the CVS/pharmacy Medical Disposal for Safer Communities Program received in 2015, the City of Upper Arlington hosts a permanent Drug Collection Unit in the Police Division Administrative Offices of the Municipal Services Center (MSC). Applying for the grant and pursuing safe modes of disposing of unwanted medication was a joint effort of the Leadership UA Class of 2015, the Police Division and The Stand Project. The Drug Collection Unit is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.

Accepted items: Any pills, liquids, inhalers, or ointments that are prescribed

Items that cannot be accepted: Thermometers, Needles (sharps), Medication/medical waste from businesses or clinics, any over-the-counter medication

drug drop off

Within 10 miles of Upper Arlington, there are currently three other drop off locations:

Franklin County Sheriff’s Office 5.3 miles
375 S. High St, Columbus, Oh 43215
Phone: (614) 525-4507
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Worthington Division of Police 6.7 miles
6555 Worthington Galena Rd
Worthington, Ohio 43085
Phone: (614) 885-4463
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Grove City Division of Police 8.9 miles
3360 Park St
Grove City, Ohio 43123
Phone: (614) 277-1710
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Need more options? Use this searchable database for nearby drop-off locations:

How to Safely Dispose of Drugs Not Accepted at Drug Take-Back Locations

drug pic

To dispose of your liquid medications follow these 5 simple steps:

  1. Take your drugs out of their original containers.
  2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
  4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
  5. The sealed container with the drug mixture, and the empty drug containers, can now be placed in the trash.

You can take similar precautions when disposing of syringes, lancets and other sharps.

Safely managing and disposing of household generated sharps reduces pollution to the environment and prevents injury and disease transmission from needle-sticks.  Similar to prescription drugs, many states have options available for safe sharps disposal such as drop boxes, hazardous waste sites, mail-back programs, and syringe exchange programs. If there are no other disposal methods available, needles may be safely disposed at home via the following method:

  1. Place used sharps in an empty household container such as a laundry detergent bottle, bleach bottle, or other opaque sturdy container with a screw-top lid.
  2. Insert the needles point-first, mark the bottle “Do Not Recycle,” and store with the cap screwed on.
  3. When the container is half-full, seal the cap with duct tape and place in the garbage (not recycling). Never place loose needles, syringes, or lancets in the trash.  (Due to the injury and health risks it places on garbage facility workers, disposing of needles in the trash is the least desirable method).

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