Prescription Drug Take Back

Prescription Drug Take Back

Got Drugs? Disposal program at UNH.

Town of Durham Offers Drug Take-Back Program

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 

Additionally, using this service keeps trace drugs out of our lakes, streams and estuaries as waste-water treatment plants cannot remove many compounds found in medications; so when flushed or put in a landfill, drugs are discharged into our surface and ground water and consumed by fish and wildlife.

With the assistance of the Lee Police Department and their ability to incinerate prescriptions, Durham will continue to provide this service:

  • Drop off unused, unwanted or expired medications 
  • Monday through Friday from 8AM to 5PM
  • Durham Police Department on Dover Road (RT. 108) 
  • Plastic prescription pill bottles cannot be accepted at the Durham Police Department but personnel at the front desk will provide paper bags for you to deposit the pills into. Learn more about our plastic recycling program, here
  • Not accepted: liquid medications, ointments, or liquid filled gel medications. These items can be returned to your pharmacy for proper disposal. Epi pens and needles are also not accepted.  

If you have questions about this service provided at the Durham Police Department, please call (603) 868-2324.