Get Rid of Prescription Drugs

​Effective November 20, 2020, the drug disposal box service is unavailable until further notice. Please consult with your local pharmacy for disposal options, or contact the Marion County Environmental Services Division for other disposal sites in the area.

Proper disposal of prescription drugs helps reduce drug abuse and maintain water quality. The Salem Police Department provides a drug disposal box in the atrium outside the police station for people in the community to use.

Per federal guidelines: Medications from pharmacies, medical clinics, physician offices, and assisted living/adult foster care facilities cannot use this service and must contract with a local garbage company for disposal service.

The disposal box is open every day.

Acceptable items

  • Expired or unused prescription tablets and capsules
  • Inhalers
  • Medication patches
  • Vaping devices (batteries removed) and any vaping products.

Unacceptable items

  • Any over-the-counter product
  • Liquids (including insulin and insulin pens)
  • Needles
  • Syringes
  • Medical waste
  • Personal cleanliness products
  • Samples and medicines from care homes and doctor offices.
  •  Vaping devices with permanently installed batteries or batteries still in the device.

You can get rid of medicines at home using guidelines from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Jumble of prescription bottles.

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Salem Police Department
333 Division ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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