Free Prescription Drug Disposal Available 24/7

The wait is over! The Maryland Heights Police Department has been accepted as a drop off location for the Missouri Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal (P2D2) organization. This is a nonprofit organization that partners with St. Louis College of Pharmacy, Missouri American Water, Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District and many other community organizations to provide a secure drop box for residents to dispose of unused or expired medications.

Unused prescription medications within the homes of our community can become a source for drug abuse. Studies have shown that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained through friends and family members. Prescription drug abuse remains a fast-growing and serious national problem.

The P2D2 program provides an environmentally friendly way to dispose of unused drugs as there are very few convenient ways for the safe disposals of unused prescription medications. The unused prescriptions collected are incinerated, which keeps the drugs out of the landfills and groundwater.

The P2D2 drop box will be available to our residents around the clock at the police department. It is a free and anonymous program; no questions asked.

The following types of medications will be accepted:

  • Prescription and over the counter medications
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
  • Liquid medications in a leak proof container
  • Homeopathic and herbal remedies
  • Suppositories

 

We will NOT accept the following items:

  • Needles and sharps
  • Syringes with needles
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags and tubing
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Illegal drugs

 

Disposal Instructions

When you arrive at the station with your items, please contact a dispatcher (see Communications window) and request to speak with a police officer to dispose of your unused medications. The responding officer will need to check your items to make sure they are approved items. This service is not designed to accept mass quantities of drugs from facilities such as nursing homes.

Be safe!