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Medication Disposal

The City of Gloucester Medication Disposal Program is a community-wide collaboration of health professionals including physicians, pharmacists, law and drug enforcement officials and community leaders partnering together to encourage community members to: Clean out your medicine cabinets to keep youth safe and protect a clean water supply.

Where to Take Unwanted Medications

The Gloucester Police Department is sponsoring a continuous Prescription Drug Disposal Program seven days a week/ 24 hours a day. Community disposal events are also held on a semi-regular basis. Please see the events calendar for upcoming opportunities.

All medications will be received by law enforcement and destroyed appropriately by the Gloucester Police Department in accordance with the Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA) guidelines.

Items Accepted

  • Prescription & Over-the-Counter Medications
    Medication Samples
  • Vitamins
  • Veterinary Medications
  • Narcotics
  • Liquid Medications

Items NOT Accepted

  • Syringes
  • Needles ( please bring to Addison-Gilbert Hospital)
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags
  • Bloody or Infectious Waste
  • Personal Care Products
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Empty Containers
  • Inhalers


For more information, please contact Joan Whitney, Director of Substance Abuse Prevention, or Max Schenk, Manager of Environmental Health Services at the Gloucester Health Department.

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