Please join us for our National Drug Take Back Day on October 29th!

This event encourages everyone to clean out unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications! Dane County – Safe Communities Madison Dane County, the African American Opioid Coalition, area law enforcement, and local community coalitions invite the public to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Safely turn in expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs at our three designated collection sites in Madison on Saturday, October 29th. These are the site locations:

  • Mt. Zion Baptist church
    • 2019 Fisher St,
    • Madison, WI 53713
  • East Terrace Drive UW Clinic
    • 5249 E Terrace Dr,
    • Madison, WI 53718
  • Elver Park
    • 1250 McKenna Blvd,
    • Madison, WI 53719

Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal of medications, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications.


All waste pharmaceuticals must be generated by a household – no businesses are allowed.

  • Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.  Sharps will also be accepted.
  • Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreen), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas), mercury thermometers.

Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable.

Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

**Safe Communities will also be providing free medicine lock boxes at each site

If you have any questions, please let us know!! Learn more about the event, time, and locations at

Hope to see you there!

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