Get Rid of Medicines Safely

If you’re finished with a prescription medicine and you have pills left — or if you have any unused prescriptions around the house — it’s important to get rid of them safely. The best thing to do is bring them to a drug disposal box or take-back event.
Use this list to see how to get rid of medicines or medical waste.

Most prescription painkillers are called controlled substances because they are very addictive — especially if they’re not used correctly. To get rid of prescription painkillers, make sure the drug disposal location you’re visiting will accept controlled substances.


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AIDS Care Ocean State, ENCORE Needle Exchange Community Agencies 557 Broad Street, Providence, RI, 02907 Phone: 401-781-0665
Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00AM - 5:00PM, Tuesday and Thursday 6:00PM - 8:00PM. Call for more info.
Only sharps (like needles or syringes) are accepted.
East Side Prescription Center Pharmacies 632 Hope St Providence, RI 02906 Phone: 401-751-1430
This location accepts: Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications, but not controlled substances.
This location does not accept: Controlled substances, prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Simpson's Pharmacy Pharmacies 10 Newport Ave Pawtucket, RI 02861 Phone: 401-722-7600
This location accepts: Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications, but not controlled substances.
This location does not accept: Controlled substances, prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
CVS Pharmacies 681 Reservoir Avenue, Cranston, RI, 02910 Phone: 401-943-7186
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Walgreens Pharmacies 533 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907 Phone: 401-781-7930
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Walgreens Pharmacies 100 Broad St, Pawtucket, RI 02860 Phone: 401-724-6724
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Baker's Pharmacy of Jamestown Pharmacies 53 Narragansett Ave Jamestown, RI 02835 Phone: 401-423-2800
This location accepts: Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications, but not controlled substances.
This location does not accept: Controlled substances, prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Warwick Police Department Police Departments 99 Veterans Memorial Dr, Warwick, RI 02886 Phone: 401-468-4200
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Attleboro Police Department Police Departments 12 Union Street Attleboro RI 02703 Phone: 508-222-1212
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
24-hour access
Woonsocket Police Department Police Departments 242 Clinton St Woonsocket RI 02895 Phone: 401-766-1212
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
24-hour access
Middletown Police Department Police Departments 123 Valley Rd Middletown RI 02842 Phone: 401-846-1104
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
24-hour access
Westerly Police Department Police Departments 60 Airport Road Westerly RI 02891 Phone: 401-596-2022
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Narragansett Tribal Police Department Police Departments 4375 B South County Trail Charlestown RI 02813 Phone: 401-364-1107
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Charlestown Police Department Police Departments 4901 Old Post Road Charlestown RI 02813 Phone: 401-364-1212
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Hopkinton Police Department Police Departments 406 Woodville Road Hopkinton RI 02833 Phone: 401-377-7750
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Richmond Police Department Police Departments 1168 Main Street Wyoming RI 02898 Phone: 401-539-8289
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Narragansett Police Department Police Departments 40 Caswell Street Narragansett RI 02882 Phone: 401-789-1091
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Jamestown Police Department Police Departments 250 Conanicus Ave Jamestown RI 02835 Phone: 401-423-1212
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Little Compton Police Department Police Departments 60 Simmons Road Little Compton RI 02837 Phone: 401-635-2311
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Tiverton Police Department Police Departments 20 Industrial Way Tiverton RI 02878 Phone: 401-625-6717
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
North Kingstown Police Department Police Departments 8166 Post Road North Kingstown RI 02852 Phone: 401-294-3316
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
East Greenwich Police Department Police Departments 176 First Avenue East Greenwich RI 02818 Phone: 401-884-2244
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Foster Police Department Police Departments 182 Howard Hill Road Foster RI 02825 Phone: 401-397-3317
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Burrillville Police Department Police Departments 1477 Victory Highway Burrillville RI 02830 Phone: 401-568-6255
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Barrington Police Department Police Departments 110 Federal Road Barrington RI 02806 Phone: 401-437-3935
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Providence Public Safety Complex Police Departments 325 Washington Street Providence RI 02901 Phone: 401-421-2489
This location accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
This location does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).

Learn more about the Prescription Drug Take Back Program.
Get the facts about Prescription Drug safety.

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