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.

Drug Take Back Day will occur on Saturday, October 26th, 2019. Use this as a day to bring in any unused prescription medicine or pills you may have to a drug disposal location. Check out this list of drug disposal locations participating in this event.

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.

You can also safely dispose of needles at ENCORE Needle Exchange (located at 557 Broad Street, Providence, RI, 02907 – phone: 401-781-0665).


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AIDS Care Ocean State, ENCORE Needle ExchangeCommunity Agencies557 Broad Street, Providence, RI, 02907Phone: 401-781-0665
Hours: M-F 10AM - 5PM, TU and TH 6PM - 8PM. Call for more info.
Only sharps (like needles or syringes) are accepted.
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East Side Prescription CenterPharmacies632 Hope St Providence, RI 02906Phone: 401-751-1430
Accepts: Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications, but not controlled substances.
Does not accept: Controlled substances, prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
CVSPharmacies681 Reservoir Avenue, Cranston, RI, 02910Phone: 401-943-7186
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
CVSPharmacies3986 Old Post Road, Charlestown, RI, 02813
CVSPharmacies763 Tiogue Avenue, Coventry, RI, 02816
CVSPharmacies681 Reservoir Avenue, Cranston, RI, 02910
CVSPharmacies640 Warren Avenue, East Providence, RI, 02914
CVSPharmacies1400 Hartford Avenue, Johnston, RI, 02919
CVSPharmacies99 East Main Road, Middletown, RI, 02842
CVSPharmacies287 Broadway, Newport, RI
CVSPharmacies1919 Mineral Spring Avenue, North Providence, RI, 02904
CVSPharmacies120 Eddie Dowling Highway, North Smithfield, RI, 02896
CVSPharmacies835 Newport Avenue, Pawtucket, RI, 02861
CVSPharmacies11 Main Street, Wakefield, RI, 02879
CVSPharmacies767 Warwick Avenue, Warwick, RI, 02888
CVSPharmacies2400 Warwick Avenue, Meadowbrook Plaza, Warwick, RI, 02889
CVSPharmacies150 Granite Street, Westerly, RI, 02891
Simpson's PharmacyPharmacies10 Newport Ave Pawtucket, RI 02861Phone: 401-722-7600
Accepts: Some prescription medicines and over-the-counter medications, but not controlled substances.
Does not accept: Controlled substances, prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes). Visit Website
WalgreensPharmacies533 Elmwood Ave, Providence, RI 02907Phone: 401-781-7930
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
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Barrington Police DepartmentPolice Departments110 Federal Road Barrington RI 02806 Phone: 401-437-3935
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Burrillville Police DepartmentPolice Departments1477 Victory Highway Burrillville RI 02830 Phone: 401-568-6255
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Charlestown Police DepartmentPolice Departments4901 Old Post Road Charlestown RI 02813 Phone: 401-364-1212
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
East Greenwich Police DepartmentPolice Departments176 First Avenue East Greenwich RI 02818 Phone: 401-884-2244
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Foster Police DepartmentPolice Departments182 Howard Hill Road Foster RI 02825 Phone: 401-397-3317
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Hopkinton Police DepartmentPolice Departments406 Woodville Road Hopkinton RI 02833 Phone: 401-377-7750
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Jamestown Police DepartmentPolice Departments250 Conanicus Ave Jamestown RI 02835 Phone: 401-423-1212
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).>
Little Compton Police DepartmentPolice Departments60 Simmons Road Little Compton RI 02837 Phone: 401-635-2311
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Middletown Public Safety ComplexPolice Departments123 Valley Rd Middletown RI 02842 Phone: 401-846-1104
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
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Narragansett Police DepartmentPolice Departments40 Caswell Street Narragansett RI 02882 Phone: 401-789-1091
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances. (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Narragansett Tribal Police DepartmentPolice Departments4375 B South County Trail Charlestown RI 02813 Phone: 401-364-1107
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
North Kingstown Police DepartmentPolice Departments8166 Post Road North Kingstown RI 02852 Phone: 401-294-3316
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes). Town Residents only.
Providence Police DepartmentPolice Departments325 Washington Street Providence RI 02901 Phone: 401-272-3121
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Richmond Police DepartmentPolice Departments1168 Main Street Richmond RI 02898 Phone: 401-539-8289
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Tiverton Police DepartmentPolice Departments20 Industrial Way Tiverton RI 02878 Phone: 401-625-6717
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Westerly Police DepartmentPolice Departments60 Airport Road Westerly RI 02891 Phone: 401-596-2022
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Woonsocket Police DepartmentPolice Departments242 Clinton St Woonsocket RI 02895 Phone: 401-766-1212
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
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Warwick Police DepartmentPolice Departments99 Veterans Memorial Dr, Warwick, RI 02886 Phone: 401-468-4200
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances (like prescription painkillers) and over-the-counter medications.
Does not accept: Prescription liquids, lotions, ointments, aerosols, or sharps (like needles or syringes).
Bristol Police DepartmentPolice Departments395 Metacom Ave., Bristol, RI 02809Phone: 401-253-6900
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Central Falls Police DepartmentPolice Departments160 Illinois St, Central Falls 02863Phone: 401-727-7411
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Cranston Police DepartmentPolice Departments5 Garfield Ave, Cranston, RI 02920Phone: 401-942-2211
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
East Providence Police DepartmentPolice Departments750 Waterman Ave., East Providence, RI 02914Phone: 401-435-7600
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Cumberland Police DepartmentPolice Departments1380 Diamond Hill Rd, Cumberland, RI 02864Phone: 401-333-2500
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Johnston Police DepartmentPolice Departments1651 Atwood Ave., Johnston, RI 02919Phone: 401-231-4210
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Lincoln Police DepartmentPolice Departments100 River Road, Lincoln, RI 02865Phone: 401-333-8281
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
New Shoreham Police DepartmentPolice Departments10 Beach Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807Phone: 401-466-3220
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
North Providence Police DepartmentPolice Departments1967 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence, RI 02904Phone: 401-231-4533
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Pascoag Fire DepartmentPolice Departments105 Pascoage Main St., Pascoag, RI 02859Phone: 401-568-4470
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Pawtucket Police DepartmentPolice Departments121 Roosevelt Ave., Pawtucket, RI 02860Phone: 401-727-9100
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Portsmouth Police DepartmentPolice Departments2270 E. Main Rd, Portsmouth, RI 02871Phone: 401-683-0300
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Smithfield Police DepartmentPolice Departments215 Pleasant View Ave, Smithfield, RI, 02917Phone: 401-231-2500
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
Warren Police DepartmentPolice Departments1 Joyce St, Warren, RI 02885Phone: 401-245-1311
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
RI State PolicePolice Departments311 Danielson Pike, N. Scituate, RI 02857Phone: 401-444-1000
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
RI State PolicePolice Departments54 Nooseneck Rd, Richmond, RI 02898Phone: 401-444-1068
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
RI State PolicePolice Departments7875 Post Rd, North Kingstown, RI 02852Phone: 401-444-1064
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances
RI State PolicePolice Departments1575 Louisquisset Pike, Lincoln, RI 02865Phone: 401-444-1100
Accepts: All prescription medicines, including controlled substances

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

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