The Salem Police Department provides for the public a receptacle for unneeded or unwanted prescription medications from Salem households. We do not accept medications from physician office or care facilities. These establishments are required to use separate disposal services.
The drop box is located in the lobby of the police department at 555 Liberty St. SE, Room 130. It is accessible to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Before bringing your medications, please review the lists below of allowable items, as well as those items we will not accept.
Accepted items include:
· Expired or unwanted prescription medications
· Unknown tablets or capsules
· Veterinary medications
We do NOT accept:
· Needles or syringes
· Medical waste of any type
· Non-medicated over-the-counter items
· Non-medical chemicals of any type
· Bathroom products, such as personal hygiene items
The service is available to all households* in the Salem city limits. For more information please contact the Crime Prevention Unit at 503-588-6175 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Residential care facilities, physician offices, etc. must contact their regular solid waste collection company for information on disposal.
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