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Medication Disposal

Properly disposing of unused or unwanted medications is important for public health and safety. By removing unused or unwanted medications from your home, it keeps medication out of the hands of children who may accidentally consume it, or from others who may misuse it. Safely disposing of medication also prevents pollution of our groundwater and waterways, and helps to protect our coastline and wildlife.

Instead of flushing unused or unwanted medication, or storing it in your medicine cabinet, you can bring it to one of many locations around Suffolk County for proper, safe disposal.

There are many places in Suffolk County where you can bring your unwanted or expired medications for safe disposal. Many of these locations feature contactless drop boxes, including all of the Suffolk County Police Department Precincts. Look for the 24/7 drop boxes like this by the entrance:

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The Long Island Addiction Resource Center maintains a list of all of the locations in Suffolk County where you can properly dispose of your medication. Use this list to find a safe location near you.

Important Numbers:

If you are experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis, call for help!

  • Family Service League’s Diagnostic, Assessment, and Stabilization Hub (DASH) Program, 24/7 hotline: For mental health, addiction, and crisis care for children and adults in Suffolk County, call (631) 952–3333

  • 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: If you are feeling suicidal, are in need of support or rescue, or are in crisis, call or text 988. Help is available 24/7

    • For local support, call the Response of Suffolk 24/7 Crisis Hotline (631) 751-7500

  • For a medical emergency, call 911