Tips for dropping off your medications:
*Always call before dropping off medications. You may want to:
*Confirm the days and hours of operation Ask if the program accepts controlled and non-controlled substances
*Ask if the program accepts sharps
*If planning to drop off medications at a site in a municipality other than where you live, ask if the program is available to nonresidents
*Ask if the program does NOT accept any kinds of medications (e.g., liquids, ointments, cancer treatment drugs, etc.)
*Ask if there are any other requirements for dropping off medications
Additional tips for dropping off medications:
*Unless otherwise specified, use original prescription containers and use permanent marker to mark out your name and personal information.
*Take medications to the collection site ONLY during the dropoff site’s open hours of operation.
*Please follow direction at the drop-off site carefully. Only give medications to personnel at the drop-off site.
*These are NOT share or reuse opportunities. All medications received will be destroyed in an environmentally responsible manner.
Please notify the MWRD of any collection updates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations in Cook County
6001 W. Pershing Rd., Cicero (708) 588-3000
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drug Disposal Information
3500 Howard St., Skokie (847) 568-8223
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For information from U.S. Department of Justice
on Drug Disposal, click below.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) has a blue Medsafe drug drop-off box placed near the main gate at three water reclamation plants (WRPs) and in the lobby of the Main Office Building in downtown Chicago. If a box is locked, please return during hours of operation. Do not leave medication outside the box. We do not accept illegal drugs, liquid containers more than four ounces, sharps containers, needles, syringes, batteries, aerosol spray cans, trash, medical devices, chemicals or other hazardous materials. Please keep medications in their original packaging and containers when possible. Place liquid containers inside plastic bags before depositing.
Walgreens In 2016, Walgreens announced it would be collecting unwanted drugs at select Illinois sites. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/z4hw9bg
400 E. 130th St., Chicago (773) 256-3500
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Main Office Building
100 E. Erie St., Chicago
Monday through Friday:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Arlington Heights Senior Center 1801 W. Central Rd. (847) 253-5532 First Thursday of the month: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Barrington Public Safety Building 400 N. Northwest Hwy. (847) 304-3300 7 days/week: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bartlett Village Hall 228 S. Main St. (630) 837-0800 Last Saturday of the month: 9 a.m. to noon Sharps accepted, but must be deposited by individuals. Staff will not touch needles.
Bridgeview Courthouse (Dropbox) 10220 S. 76th Ave. (708) 974-6810 Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No liquid forms of medication accepted.
Brookfield Village Hall Police Station 8820 Brookfield Ave. (708) 485-7344 Open 24/7.
Buffalo Grove Village Hall Health Department 50 Raupp Blvd. (847) 459-2530 Monday: 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Burr Ridge Police Station 7700 County Line Rd. (630) 654-8181 Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. No sharps or radioactive medications accepted, pills only in one zip lock bag.
Chicago Household Chemical & Computer Recycling Facility 1150 N. North Branch St. Chicago, IL 60642 (312) 744-7672 Tuesdays: 7 a.m. to noon, Thursdays: 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. and first Saturday of the month: 8 a.m. to 3 p..m.
Chicago Lawndale Christian Health Center 3860 W. Ogden Ave. (773) 843-3000 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, Friday and Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Non-controlled substances only.
Chicago Well Future Pharmacy, LLC 1442 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 589-7620 Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Current
Chicago Police Department All Chicago police facilitiesare accepting unwanted medicines. For more information, call 311 or visit cityofchicago.org
Chicago George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building (Dropbox) 2650 S. California Ave. (773) 674-3275 Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No liquid forms of medication accepted.
Elgin Police Department (Dropbox) 151 Douglas St. (847) 289-2700 7 days/week: 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Elk Grove Village Municipal Complex Fire Administration Building 901 Wellington Ave. (847) 357-4202 Monday through Friday:
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Elmhurst Police Department (Dropbox) 125 E. First St. (630) 530-3050 Open 24/7.
Elmwood Park Public Safety Building 7420 Fullerton Ave. (708) 453-2137 Open 24/7. No sharps or liquid forms of medication accepted.
Evanston Police Department (Dropbox) 1454 Elmwood Ave. (847) 866-5000 Open 24/7.
Evanston St. Francis Hospital Pharmacy (Dropbox) 800 Austin (847) 316-2372 Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.) Non-controlled substances only.
Glencoe Village Hall Police Department 325 Hazel Ave. (847) 835-4112 Wednesday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Glenview Inspectional Services Annex 2500 E. Lake Ave. South of Glenview Village Hall (847) 904-4340 First Friday of the month: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If the first Friday falls on a holiday, the collection will be moved the following Friday.
Hoffman Estates Department of Health & Human Services 1900 Hassell Rd. SE Entrance of Village Hall (847) 882-9100 First Wednesday of the month: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Inverness Palatine Rural Fire Station #36 35 N. Ela Rd. (847) 991-87000 Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Kenilworth Police Department 419 Richmond Rd. (847) 251-2141 Monday through Friday: 24 hours.
La Grange Police Department 304 W. Burlington Ave. (708) 579-2334 Open 24/7.
La Grange Park Police Department (Dropbox) 447 N. Catherine Ave. (708) 352-2151 Open 24/7.
Lemont Police Department 14600 127th St. (630) 257-2229 Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Markham Courthouse Sheriff’s Office 16501 S. Kedzie Ave. (708) 232-4551 Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No liquid forms of medication accepted.
Maywood Courthouse (Dropbox) 1500 Maybrook Dr. (708) 865-6029 Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No liquid forms of
Morton Grove Civic Center 6140 Dempster St. (847) 470-5223 Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Mount Prospect Public Works 1700 W. Central Rd. (847) 870-5640 Monday through Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Original containers with labels, no narcotics.
Niles Police Department (Dropbox) 7000 W. Touhy Ave. Niles, IL 60714 (847) 588-6500 Medications only: Open 24/7. No syringes.
Niles Senior Center 999 Civic Center Dr. (847) 588-8442 Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Northbrook Dundee Pharmacy 2750 Dundee Rd., Suite 9 (847) 480-1000 Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Prescription drugs only, no controlled substances.
Northbrook Police Department 1401 Landwehr Rd. (847) 564-2060 Open 24/7. Northbrook residents only.
Oak Brook Police Department 1200 Oak Brook Rd. (630) 368-8700 Open 24/7.
Oak Lawn Barcus Pharmacy 4708 W. 103rd St. (708) 425-2400 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., No liquids over 4 ounces, no sharp or radioactive items.
Oak Lawn Village Hall 9446 S. Raymond Ave. (708) 636-4400 Call for specific days and times. Oak Park Police Department (Dropbox) 123 Madison St. (708) 383-6400 Open 24/7.
Palatine Village Hall Environmental Health Division 200 E. Wood St. (847) 359-9090 Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residential only, no controlled substance.
Palos Heights City Hall 7607 W. College Dr. (708) 361-1800 Monday Through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Park Ridge City Hall Health Department 505 Butler Pl. (847) 318-5291 First Thursday of the month: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Prospect Heights City Hall 8 N. Elmhurst Rd. (847) 398-6070, ext. 206 Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Rolling Meadows Public Works 3900 Berdnick St. (847) 870-2884 Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rolling Meadows Courthouse (Dropbox) 2121 W. Euclid Ave. (847) 818-2810 Monday through Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No liquid forms of medication accepted.
Schaumburg Police Department 1000 W. Schaumburg Rd. (847) 882-3534 Open 24/7.
Skokie Courthouse (Dropbox) 5600 Old Orchard Rd. (847) 470-7280 Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. No liquid forms of medication accepted.
Skokie Village Hall Health Department 5127 Oakton St. (847) 933-8252 Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Narcotic medications, controlled substances, and over-the-counter liquids are not accepted.
Streamwood Fire Department Fire Station 33 1095 E. Schaumburg Rd. (630) 213-6300 Monday through Friday: 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Narcotic medications and controlled substances not accepted
Tinley Park Police Department (Dropbox) 7850 W. 183rd St. (708) 532-9111 Open 24/7.
Westchester Village Hall 10300 W. Roosevelt Rd. (708) 345-0020 7 days/week: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Wheeling Village Hall Police Department 1 Community Blvd. (847) 499-9045 Third Saturday of the month: 10 a.m. to noon.
Wilmette Police Station (Dropbox) 710 Ridge Rd. (847) 256-1200 Open 24/7. Medications only, no needles.
Winnetka Fire Department 428 Green Bay Rd. (847) 501-6029 Medications: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sharps: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.