Drug Take Back Program

Drug Box

Permanent "Drug Take Back" Box Installed

A permanent Drug Take Back Box has been installed in the lobby of the Concord Police Department.

Partners in the effort to install permanent boxes in seven Capital Area police stations included the Capital Area Public Health Network, Granite United Way, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), NH Charitable Foundation, NH Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services, Suncook Dental, CVS, and participating police departments.

Program Details

The Concord Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) take part in the National Drug Take Back Program. This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

In the past, on a designated day, the Department, in conjunction with the DEA, hosted the drug take back program. On a specific date medications could be dropped off between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm.

However, with the installation of a permanent box, citizens can now drop off their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs at any time. No questions will be asked of anyone dropping off medication.

Please follow the directions listed below for other appropriate disposal methods.

Acceptable Items

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted. These include all controlled and non-controlled drugs, over the counter medication, and liquids such as cough syrup. Medications may be disposed of in the original container or by removing them from the original container, and dropping it directly into the collection box. Liquids should remain in the original container.

Items that will not be accepted include intravenous solutions, injectable, syringes, aerosols, or inhalers. Additionally no illicit substances such as marijuana will be accepted.

Other Disposal Options

If you can't travel to the police department, and are wondering what to do with your unused medication, read the label and follow the instructions that come with the medication of how to get rid of it. Do not flush medications down the toilet unless specifically told to do so.

If no instructions are given, take the medication out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or kitty litter. Put them in a sealable container, and then throw them out in a trash bag.

You can also call your local pharmacist for questions about proper disposal.

Remember to always scratch out all of your personal information on your medication bottles before throwing them out to protect your identity.

Contact Information

Should you have any questions about the drug drop off, please call the Concord Police Department at 603-225-8600. Or for general public inquiries you can contact the DEA at 800-882-9539.