Spring Cleaning Can Start with Your Medicine Cabinet: EPD and EHD Offer Safe Disposal of Prescription Drugs

According to local data, 1 in 7 Evanston teens report taking a prescription drug that was not prescribed for them in the past year. Locally and nationally, there has been an increase in youth who misuse prescription drugs to get high. When we’ve spoken with Evanston teens about prescription drug misuse, they report getting prescription medication through people they know (their home, a friend’s home, or a friend). As community members, we can help reduce the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs by limiting youth’s access to these potentially dangerous medications.

The ESAP Coalition is excited to report that the Evanston Police Department is now offering a safe way to rid your home of unused or unwanted medications through a permanent drop box in the station lobby.  You can now drop off prescription drugs, including controlled substances, which are the most commonly-abused prescription medications. The Evanston Police Department has partnered with the Save a Star Foundation to offer this service to Evanston residents. Medication can be dropped off at:

Evanston Police Department
1454 Elmwood Ave
Open all days and hours

The following items can be dropped off at the Evanston Police Department:

  • Prescription medication, INCLUDING controlled substances such as Adderall, Ambien, Codeine, Morphine, and Valium. For a complete list of prescription drugs that are controlled substances, click here.
  • Over-the-counter medication
  • Pet medications
  • Liquid and cream medication

The following items can not be dropped off at the Evanston Police Department:

  • Needles/sharps
  • IV bags
  • Thermometers
  • Bloody waste
  • Hydrogen peroxide

The Evanston Health Department also continues to accept prescription and over-the-counter medication as well as needles/sharps. The Evanston Health Department does not accept liquid medications or controlled substances. If you would like to drop off medication or needles/sharps at the Health Department, you can do so at the

Evanston Civic Center: Lower Level
2100 N. Ridge Ave.
Monday-Friday
9am-5pm

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