How to dispose of prescription drugs safely

Three ways to dispose of prescription drugs in Carson City


Our biannual Prescription Drug Round-ups make it so prescription drugs – including liquids and needles in sealed, hard containers – can be taken to a drop-off location, where we and the Carson City Sheriff’s Office will take them to a disposal site. Check the calendar here.


Year-round, the Carson City Sheriff’s Office at 911 E. Musser St. has a secure box inside the front entrance – open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday – where prescription drugs may be deposited (no liquids or needles, please).

3.Disposal kits are available from Partnership Carson City, 1925 N. Carson St., which may be used at home so prescription drugs can be placed safely in the trash. The kits also are available during our round-ups.

See more information below about how — and why — you should dispose safely of your prescription drugs

Follow the doctor’s directions

You're the one.

Medications should be taken only by the person to whom the medication was prescribed.

Only as directed.

Don’t take more than instructed by your doctor. It is important that you take your medicine at the dosage and time directed on the prescription.

Do not share.

Do not share or take someone else’s medication. Don't take medications for any purpose not prescribed by your doctor.

Ask the doctor.

If you have questions about your prescription, including whether non-opioid options are available, ask your doctor or other health care provider.

Out with the old.

Dispose of any medications that have passed their expiration date or that you no longer need.

Keep them safe.

Always keep medication in the original container. Secure your medicine cabinet.

Why dispose?

Medicine left over from a doctor’s prescription can be abused or misused. Abuse of some prescription drugs has become a real problem in our community.

Hazardous to your health.

 It can also be hazardous for you to use leftover drugs for something other than for the illness your doctor prescribed them in the first place.

Out of sight.

Keep medications out of sight of children and young adults. Return medication to a secure place after every use, so they don't fall into the wrong hands.

They're not candy.

Do not keep loose pills in containers or places where children and young adults can find them. Remember, small children may mistake loose pills for candy, and teens may seek out pills for recreational use.​

Lock them up.

You may need a medicine safe, or a locked medicine cabinet to make sure powerful drugs don't get in the wrong hands.

Peace of mind.

A “medicine safe” may be purchased for as little as $20, or a locking wall-mounted cabinet costs around $200. They’ll not only deter thieves but give you peace of mind that children won’t accidentally get their hands on potentially dangerous medications.

Find out more below about how to get and use home disposal kits

Disposing safely at home

Frequently asked questions

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