Drug Disposal

The Clark County County Sheriff's Office has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host drug takeback collection services.  

DEA_TakeBack2018_Poster_8.5x11_Eng_508_thumb_4 If you don’t properly dispose of the unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. 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. 

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.

The Clark County Sheriff's Office provides safe, convenient ways to properly dispose of their unused / expired drugs.  

National Prescription Drug Takeback Day

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.

In April and October of each year, the Clark County Sheriff's Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration sponsor “Drug Takeback Day”.  This program aims to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding residents’ homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Residents can bring pills and patches, along with any vaping devices that need disposed of to either of the following locations:

  • Springview Government Building-3130 East Main Street-Front Parking Lot
  • Tecumseh High School-10000 West National Road-Main Parking Lot

**Please note that liquids or needles cannot be accepted.  

Both locations will be staffed with Deputies to take unwanted and unused medications from residents.  This will be a drive up service so people will not even have to exit their cars to turn over their medications.  

Permanent On-Site Medicine Drop-Off Box Collection Sites

Please don’t put prescription drugs in the trash. Instead, you can stop by any of these locations to safely dispose of unwanted / expired pills:


  • Clark County Sheriff's Office: 120 North Fountain Avenue, Springfield (open 24 hours a day) 
  • East District Office: 3130 East Main Street, Springfield (8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday)
  • New Carlisle Fire House: 315 North Church Street, New Carlisle (8am to 4pm Monday thru Friday)
  • Madison Township Fire Department: 222 West Columbus Cincinnati Road, South Charleston (8am to 5pm  Monday thru Friday )

Before disposing of prescription medicines, be sure to remove all personal information on pill bottles and medicine packaging.  Medicines placed in the drop-off boxes will be destroyed.  


                **Please note that liquids or needles cannot be accepted. 

At-Home Drug Disposal

Destroy unused medications quickly and easily at home with Drug Deactivation and Disposal Pouches.

Through a grant awarded by the Institute for Intergovernmental Research, the Sheriff's Office has drug disposal pouches available to properly dispose of any unused / expired medications.   


  **Funding Source: 2017-AR-BX-K003: Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program (COSSAP) Training and Technical Assistance Program for the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program. For more information, visit: https://www.cossapresources.org/

If you would like a drug disposal pouch, please contact:

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For more information on preventing prescription drug abuse visit:

  1. www.DEA.gov
  2. www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com
  3. www.JustThinkTwice.com

For more information on the safe disposal of pharmaceuticals visit: 

  1. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know/drug-disposal-drug-take-back-locations
  2. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/safe-disposal-medicines/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know?utm_source=other&utm_medium=content-text&utm_campaign=RemoveTheRisk