Safe drug storage and disposal
Safely store opioids and dispose of unused prescriptions.
While you are using prescription drugs, keep them locked up to prevent them from falling into the hands of others. To protect the people you care about and the environment, dispose of unwanted and unused prescriptions in one of Delaware’s prescription drug drop boxes. Refer to the list below to find a location near you.
Safe storage for handling prescription drugs:
- Take prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications exactly as prescribed.
- Do not share your prescription medications with anyone. It is illegal and unsafe.
- Lock all medications up or keep them out of the way of anyone, including children or pets, who might consume them by accident or on purpose.
- Safely dispose of any unused medications at one of Delaware’s prescription drug drop boxes.
Proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs for households:
Download and print out this guide to prescription drug drop boxes in Delaware, and put it in a convenient place for easy reference.Download the guide
DETERRA POUCHES deactivate medications including opioids
Available at locations throughout the state, these pouches release carbon after water is added, making the drugs inactive so you can dispose them safely. Deterra works on pills, patches and liquids.
Deterra Deactivation System Locations
New Castle County
Route 9 Library & Innovation Center
3022 New Castle Ave
New Castle, DE 19720
Delaware City Public Library
250 5TH Street
Delaware City, DE 19706
Rehoboth Beach Public Library
226 Rehoboth Ave.
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
South Coastal Library
43 Kent Ave.
Bethany Beach, DE 19930
Prescription drug dropbox locations
Walgreens in Hockessin, DE
Address6317 Limestone Road, Hockessin, DE 19707
Walgreens in Wilmington, DE
Address2119 Concord Pike, Wilmington, DE 19803
Newark Police Department
Address220 S. Main St., Newark, DE 19711
New Castle County Police Department
Address3601 N. DuPont Hwy., New Castle, DE 19720
Walgreens in Bear, DE
Address1120 Pulaski Hwy., Bear, DE 19701
Wilmington Police Department
Address300 N. Walnut St., Wilmington, DE 19801