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Iowa’s Medication Disposal Program

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Acceptable Not Acceptable
Unused or expired medication, prescription (Rx) or over-the-counter (OTC), including:
  • Pills, tablets, capsules
  • Ointments, creams, lotions and powders
  • Inhalers, nebulizer solutions
  • Liquid medicines 4 oz. or less
    • Solutions, suspensions
    • Liquids must be wrapped in a paper towel and placed in a sealed plastic bag before being placed in a TakeAway container.
Controlled Substances* (see below) including Adderall, Vicodin, Demerol, Hydrocodone, MS Contin, Ambien
Any sharps (syringes, lancets, etc.)
Liquids over 4 oz. **
Home based care (HBC) or durable medical equipment (DME) supplies, such as rubbing alcohol.

*Controlled substances cannot be collected in the TakeAway container, however, participating pharmacies may have envelopes available at no cost to mail your controlled substances for disposal.

** Contact local solid waste agency for disposal options

TakeAway can only accept unused medication from patients or patients’ caregivers. Inventory from a pharmacy or other healthcare center is NOT acceptable.

Questions? Check with your pharmacist.

Pharmacies: Order TakeAway Supplies

Request a TakeAway container

Order controlled substance envelopes:  12 Count  |  25 Count  |  50 Count