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The National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA®) launched the Prescription Disposal Program to provide its members with information and resources to help their patients safely dispose of unused and expired medicines that may be dangerous to others and to the environment. NCPA is supportive of these programs in a voluntary manner. Pharmacies interested in participating should click here for more information.

NCPA represents America’s community pharmacists, including the owners of more than 22,700 independent community pharmacies, pharmacy franchises, and chains. Together they represent an $88 billion health-care marketplace, employ over 65,000 pharmacists, and dispense over 40% of all retail prescriptions.



Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in communities across the country, and the Dispose My Meds campaign and Web site is a great tool to help keep unused and expired medications out of the wrong hands.

CardinalHealth Foundation

“By providing patients with a safe and easy way to dispose of unused medications, this innovative program can prevent expired or unused drugs from being mis-used or abused,” said Dianne Radigan, director of community relations for Cardinal Health. “The Cardinal Health Foundation is proud to support NCPA in empowering community pharmacists to take an active role in helping their communities address this growing public health issue.”

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

"Recent studies have documented a multitude of drugs and other pharmaceuticals in the rivers and streams in the Chesapeake basin, many of which have been flushed down the toilet. These findings are alarming and have raised concerns about potential effects of these chemicals on our aquatic resources. The "Dispose My Meds" initiative will help solve this problem by providing information about environmentally safe disposal alternatives."

Beth L. McGee, Ph.D.
Senior Water Quality Scientist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Community Pharmacy Foundation

earth Day 2010

"The voluntary effort by community pharmacies through the Dispose My Medicines program is an important step in educating the public on the need to safely and environmentally process pharmaceutical waste. The National Community Pharmacists Association is setting an important precedent as it becomes ever more evident that private sector businesses and organizations must help drive such initiatives aimed at improving our national community health and address the challenge of safe disposal and recovery of potentially hazardous waste." Nate Byer, Director of Earth Day 2010

Mallinckrodt Covidien

Mallinckrodt Inc., a Covidien company, is pleased to support the efforts of NCPA in developing a national campaign, Dispose My Meds, to address the issue of unused/unneeded medications around households.

To learn more about Covidien click here:


National Council on Patient Information and Education

One of the original patient safety coalitions, NCPIE works to advance the safe, appropriate use of medicines through enhanced communication.


Headquartered in Houston, Texas, Sharps Compliance is a provider of cost-effective disposal solutions for medical and pharmaceutical waste generated outside the hospital setting. The Company’s flagship product, the Sharps Recovery System™, or the TakeawayRecovery System™, is a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to dispose of medical waste such as hypodermic needles, lancets and any other medical device or objects. The Company also offers a number of products specifically designed for the home healthcare market and products for the safe disposal of unused pharmaceuticals. Sharps is a leading proponent and participant in the development of public awareness and solutions for the safe disposal of needles, syringes and other sharps as well as unused pharmaceuticals in the community setting. To learn more go to

United Water

United Water is one of the nation’s leading environmental companies, providing water and wastewater services to approximately 7 million people in the United States. In addition to owning and operating 20 water utilities, the company operates more than 100 municipal and industrial water and wastewater systems through innovative public-private partnerships and contract agreements. United Water’s affiliate, Utility Service Company, is the nation’s leading provider of long-term asset management contracts for water storage facilities with municipal and industrial clients. Founded in 1869, United Water is a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT.


If a drug take-back or collection program is not available in your area, please refer to Federal Guidelines from the Office of National Drug Control Policy on the proper disposal of medications.

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