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Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals and/or Syringes

Reduce the amount of chemicals that reach our waterways by following simple steps for home disposal or by dropping your pharmaceuticals off at a designated site.

Sheriff's Office Drop Box

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office has a secure drug drop box that allows the public to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at their convenience. The prescription drug drop box is located in the vestibule of the Sheriff’s Office Headquarters, 5600 Flatiron Parkway, Boulder, and is available to the public during normal business hours (Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.).

The Sheriff’s Office can’t accept liquids, hypodermic needles or other “sharps,” or any bio-hazardous materials.

Prevent Contamination

You can also prevent contamination of our waterways by safely disposing of syringes at home, using a needle exchange program, or via a syringe disposal company.

  • Never flush unused medication down the drain.
  • Pour liquid medications over cat litter or other absorbent material, and seal it in a plastic bag before placing it in the trash.
  • Fill pill containers with household glue, remove all personal information from the container, and place it in the trash after the glue has dried.
  • Cut trans-dermal patches into small strips, place them in a container, and add glue or mix them with coffee grounds or used cat litter.

Home Disposal of Syringes

  • Place sharps in a strong plastic bottle (e.g. bleach, liquid detergent) or metal container with a screw-on or tightly secured lid to prevent accidental contact with the waste.
  • Secure lid with duct tape.
  • Place sealed container in your regular trash.
  • Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Sharps are NOT accepted by recycling programs. Do not put sharps in with the recycling, even if the container you use to seal them is recyclable, as this puts staff at the recycling center at risk.

Needle Exchange

The Works Program link provides free and anonymous syringe exchange for injecting drug users to prevent the spread of HIV and other bloodborne diseases. 

Syringe Disposal

BCPH does not accept used sharps from the public. Talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or diabetes association about where to safely dispose of sharps.

You may also use the services of a commercial mail-in syringe disposal company. They tend to charge about $25 - $100, depending on container size.

For More Information

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, Colorado 80246-1530
Customer Technical Assistance: 303-692-3320 or 888-569-1831, Ext. 3320 (toll-free)

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