Free and anonymous Dispose-A-Med locations in Pima County

Posted by Carolyn Classen

I just found out about this free and anonymous Pima County program to dispose of prescription and over-the-counter tablets, capsules, liquids, creams (in their original containers is best). Just drop off these items at the locations below, no questions asked.  Please don't flush these meds down the toilet, or drop them in the trash. It's also better to dispose of them safely in case children, pets, elderly people find & ingest them by mistake.

 From Pima County's website:

"Dispose-A-Med is comprised of concerned citizens like yourself focused on minimizing the abuse of prescription medications amongst teens and preventing accidental drug poisonings of children and the elderly. By providing a safe and effective method of drug disposal, the Dispose-A-Med program minimizes the introduction of pollutants into our environment and helps insure high quality water in our aquifers.

Formed in 2009, Dispose-A-Med includes representatives from a variety of community partners including law enforcement, fire departments, pharmacies, water and wastewater utilities and community coalitions.


To protect the public health and safety, protection of the environment and preservation of our groundwater quality through the safe collection and disposal of unwanted medications and personal care products."


Green Valley Substation of the Pima County Sheriff's Department
601 N. La Canada Drive (next to the library)
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
More information: (520) 351-6711

Police Station, Town of Sahuarita Complex
315 W. Sahuarita Center Way
Dispose-A-Med receptacle located in lobby
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
More information: (520) 344-7000

Tucson Police Department Substations
Open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

Southside Santa Cruz Substation – 4410 South Park Avenue

Westside Police Service Center – 1310 West Miracle Mile

Midtown Substation – 1100 South Alvernon Way

Downtown Main Station – 270 South Stone Avenue

Eastside Rincon Substation – 9670 E Golflinks

And if you live in Oro Valley area, there's a collection on Feb. 15, 10 to 2 p.m. at the Target located at 10555 N.Oracle Rd.  Next one thereafter is on March 11, 9 to 11 a.m., 1495 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.

Click here for other Dispose-A-Med events in 2014.

For questions (not a drop off location) contact:

Dispose-A-Med main office

3950 S. Country Club
Tucson, AZ 85714

Tel: (520) 243-7911
Fax: (520) 791-6587

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