Prescription Drug Disposal Program

Prescription Drug Disposal Program

The goal of the prescription drop box program is to promote the safe disposal of prescription medications to prevent misuse and ensure these items stay out of our water system. 

The Prescription Drug Drop Box is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is located in the main lobby of the police station. 

We do not accept liquids or needles. Please drop off needles to the Duxbury Fire Department and contact the Duxbury Health Department to dispose of liquids. 

There are three types of prescription medications that are commonly misused. They are:

  1. Opioids: narcotic painkillers like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet or Codeine.
  2. Depressants: used to relieve anxiety or help sleep, like Valium, Klonopin or Xanax.
  3. Stimulants: used for treating attention deficit disorder (ADHD), such as Adderall or Ritalin.

(Mass. Dept. Health and Human Services, 2015)


What happens to the medication I drop off? The prescription drugs you drop off are placed into a locked container in our lobby, which is emptied frequently and stored in a secure area of the Police Station. Periodically, Officers transport the medications via police cruiser directly to the incinerator. Officers then observe as all medication is destroyed. 

(Prescription Drugs are put into an incinerator under the watchful eye of Officers)