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Safe drug storage and disposal

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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

Woodlawn Branch Library

2020 W 9th Street
Wilmington, DE 19805

Elsmere Police Department

11 Poplar Ave
Wilmington, DE 19805

Appoquinimink Library

651 N Broad Street
Middletown, DE 19709

Middletown Police Department

130 Hampton Road
Middletown, DE 19709

New Castle City Police Department

1 Municipal Boulevard
New Castle, DE 19720

New Castle County Department of Public Safety

3601 N Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE 19720

NCPD Dobbinsville Station

7 Center Street
New Castle, DE 19720

Kent County

Milford Police Department

400 NE Front Street
Milford, DE 19963

Seaford Police Department

300 Virginia Avenue
Seaford, DE 19973

Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement

600 S Bay Road Suite #3
Dover, DE 19901

Sussex County

Lewes Public Library

111 Adams Ave.
Lewes, DE 19958

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