The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office provides an ongoing disposal option for meds. The Sheriff's RX Drug Drop Box Program allows residents to deposit unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs at drop boxes in participating law enforcement agencies across Cuyahoga County. To find a drop off location visit or call 2-1-1. Needles are not accepted in the Drop Box. For proper disposal information, see Needles and Sharps.

Liquid medications cannot be disposed of via the Drop Box program at local law enforcement agencies. Do not flush them into our sewer system or waterways. Properly dispose of liquid medication by mixing with something like coffee grounds, cat litter or sawdust to make it undesirable or unusable. Once the liquid is in unusable state, place it in the regular trash.

Walgreens offers the Safe Medication Disposal Program. Drop-box receptacles at three local Walgreens pharmacies are available during regular pharmacy hours. Locations in Cuyahoga County include:
Cleveland: 6410 Broadway Avenue
Euclid: 22401 Lake Shore Boulevard

Parma: 5400 Pearl Road


In 2018, our partners at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District will host Pitch Those Pills collection events. All events are 10:00-2:00 PM at the dates and locations listed below:

April 4: Discount Drug Mart, 5500 Wallings Road, North Royalton
May 2: Discount Drug Mart, 6148 Dunham Road, Maple Heights
June 6: Discount Drug Mart, 6746 York Road, Parma Heights
July 11: Discount Drug Mart, 4170 Fulton Road, Cleveland
August 1: Discount Drug Mart, 6160 Brecksville Road, Independence
September 5: Discount Drug Mart, 15412 Detroit Road, Lakewood
October 3: Discount Drug Mart, 24485 Lorain Road, North Olmsted

Seasonally, the U.S. DEA holds National Prescription Drug Take Back days to collect unwanted meds. Learn more.


Empty pill bottles larger than 3" in diameter can be recycled in your curbside recycling. Are you interested in donating smaller, unwanted pill bottles for reuse? Visit Matthew 25 Ministries for donation details.