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Prescription Drop Boxes

Drug drop-off boxes are located at the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, Mercy Clinics in Buffalo Center and Forest City.

The drop-off boxes are a safe way to discard expired or unwanted prescription medications and are available 24 hours every day. Medication may be dropped off anonymously; no contact with staff is necessary.

How to Dispose of Medication

Winnebago County Sheriff prescription and medication drop box

  1. Check that bottle caps are secure
  2. Deposit in the drop-off container

Not Accepted

Please do not deposit the following:

  • Syringes/needles
  • Liquids
  • Biohazard items
  • Ointments
  • Creams
  • Sprays
  • Vials
  • Pen medications

Why Drop Off Unused Medications?

  • It's a good way to combat and prevent prescription drug abuse.
  • Unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
  • Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends — and the home medicine cabinet.

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