Why does medication disposal matter?
Proper disposal of unused prescription and over-the-counter medicines is essential for preventing pollution and keeping these drugs out of the environment. Proper disposal also prevents illegal use or theft and helps avoid accidental poisoning if children or pets swallow medicines that have been put in the trash.
City Utilities and the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have information available to help you do the right thing when getting rid of unwanted medications. See what the FDA has to say about unwanted medication disposal.
How does medication collection work?
Year-Round Medication Collection Program
Allen County TRAID, Walgreens Drug Stores, volunteer organizations, and the Allen County Department of Environmental Management have organized a year-round medication collection program.
Only pills are accepted at these sites:
Select Walgreens Locations
- 6202 W. Jefferson Blvd
- 6201 Stellhorn Road
- 10412 Coldwater Road
Huntertown Town Hall (Provided by Allen County Sheriff’s Dept.)
15617 Lima Road
Hours: M–F, 8 am–5 pm
Fort Wayne Police Department at Rousseau Centre
1 E. Main Street
Hours: M–F, 8 am–5 pm
New Haven Police Department
815 Lincoln Highway East – drop off in Lobby
Hours: 24 hours a day
Biannual Medication Collection Events
City Utilities works with TRIAD—a local group of healthcare, law enforcement and other volunteers—who conduct unwanted medication collection events in Allen County two times each year. To find out the next collection day, visit the TRIAD page.
On the day of the medication collection, you may bring expired medications (pills only) for drop-off at these locations:
Parkview Regional Medical Center at 10622 Parkview Plaza Drive
Select Walgreens Drug Stores:
- 5830 N. Clinton St.
- 6202 W. Jefferson Blvd.
- 6730 Bluffton Rd.
- 330 W. State Blvd.
- 907 Lincoln Hwy W (New Haven)
- 10170 Maysville Rd.
- 1701 E. Paulding Rd.
- 5435 E. Dupont Rd.
- 10211 Chestnut Plaza Drive (Chestnut Hills)
- 11932 Lima Rd.
- 10412 Coldwater Rd.
- 2410 N. Coliseum Blvd.
- 6201 Stellhorn Rd.
7950 W. Jefferson Blvd. (Lutheran Hospital-Walgreens)
What about liquid medications?
Liquid medicines are not accepted during the medication collection event, but there are safe ways to dispose of them. Learn how from Allen County TRIAD.