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Safe Drug Disposal

Prescription drug abuse is an increasing threat, especially among the teenage population. In partnership, the Scottsdale Police and Fire Departments have developed an effective, convenient and environmentally responsible prescription drug disposal program. This program is designed to assist the public in the safe and proper disposal of their unused and unwanted prescription medication, and to help decrease the supply of diverted prescription drugs in the home and in our community.

  • The prescription drug take-back program is for use by private individuals in the community. The police department will not accept prescription drugs from commercial entities for the purpose of destruction.
  • Unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medication brought in by the public will be deposited in the prescription drug collection receptacles located in the lobbies of several district police facilities.
  • The person turning in the prescription medication may remain anonymous.
  • The containers are marked with Police and Fire logos, and display lists of acceptable and unacceptable items.

Acceptable Items

  • prescription drugs
  • prescription patches
  • prescription ointments
  • prescription lotions
  • prescription samples
  • prescription liquid medication in leak proof containers
  • pet medication
  • over-the-counter medications

Unacceptable Items

include, but are not limited to,

  • needles (sharps)
  • aerosols
  • bio-hazard or infectious waste
  • hydrogen peroxide or alcohol
  • thermometers
  • food items

If your medical provider did not provide instructions or containers for disposal of sharps, take the following steps:

  • Place used needles, or other sharps, in a puncture resistant container. A coffee can works great; And if there are coffee grounds - even better!
  • Ensure that it is sealed tight using strong masking tape.
  • Wrap and tie in a bag.
  • Mark it very clearly "Medical Waste. No Not Recycle."
  • Dispose of it in your black City of Scottsdale trash bin.

Disposal Preparation and Instructions

  • Empty pills/tablets/capsules from their original container or blister packs into a re-sealable plastic bag
  • Drop the sealed bag into the box
  • Remove the labels from the prescription bottles, to prevent identity theft

Disposal locations

The lobby hours for each district are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. For additional information, feel free to contact the District Station Officers at 480-312-5000.

drug box

Contact Information

City of Scottsdale - Police Department
8401 E. Indian School Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85251 


General number/file a report: 480-312-5000
TDD - 480-312-5419

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