Medication Return

Throwing unused medication in the trash or flushing down the toilet is harmful to the environment. Medications that are flushed or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters, adversely affecting fish and aquatic wildlife, and contaminating our water supply. Most medications are not removed by the wastewater treatment plant process.
Graphic promoting the safe return of unused medications to your local pharmacy

Do NOT flush, trash, or store unwanted, unused, or expired medications

Protect Our Water

Medications flushed down the toilet or poured down the drain can end up polluting our waters, adversely affecting fish and aquatic wildlife. Medicine tossed in the trash ends up in landfills and can leach into the ground water.

Prevent Accidental Poisonings

Clean out medicine cabinets to reduce the risk of medication falling into the wrong hands.

Return Unused Medications

Expired, unused and unwanted medications can be dropped off for free, year-round at participating pharmacies. Look for the the ENVIRx drug disposal program at your local pharmacy.

How to return your medicines  

  • Leave liquid and powder medicines in their original containers.
  • When returning needles they must be in a SHARPS container and not mixed with any other medications.
  • Remove capsules or tablets from vials or blister packaging and place in a sealed plastic bag.
  • Take medicine to pharmacy counter.
  • For privacy, remove any identifying labels or information.

Accepted Items

  • Prescriptions
  • Over the counter medications
  • Medicated ointments/lotions
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Inhalers
  • EpiPens

Participating pharmacies in Red Deer are listed on the Alberta Pharmacists' Association (RxA) website.

More Information

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