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Dutchess County Prescription Medication Drop Box Program

Permanent drop boxes are available 24/7 throughout Dutchess County at these locations.

Accepted items include unused prescription medications, medicated ointments, over-the-counter medicines and inhalers. No hazardous materials or needles can be accepted.

Prescription Medication Drop Box Program flyer (.pdf)


Pharmacy Collection

Recently, changes in federal and New York State law permits pharmacies to hold “medication take-back” events where individuals will be able to bring leftover, unwanted, or expired medications for proper disposal.  For more information, contact your local pharmacist.


Dutchess County Resource Recovery Agency

Medications drop off at Poughkeepsie site only; pre-registration required, specified dates: or


At-home drug disposal (.pdf from the DEA)

  • Remove prescription drugs from their original containers.
  • Mix the drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
  • Put the mixture in a disposable container with a lid or a sealable bag.
  • Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers.
  • Put the sealed container with the drug mixture in the trash.  Empty prescription bottles with recycle symbols may be place with other recyclable materials for collection.




Syringe Disposal & Exchange Programs

NYSDOH Syringe disposal Brochure (pdf)

MidHudson Regional Hospital of Westchester Medical Center, 241 North Road, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601.  In Spellman Loading Dock area, there is a kiosk available for sharps disposal.

HVCS (Hudson Valley Community Services, Inc) offers a Harm Reduction and Syringe Exchange Program sites - in Poughkeepsie  at the intersection of North Clinton, Mill and Smith Streets (municipal parking lot) on Mondays from 10am-noon, and 1-3pm; and on Thursdays from 10am-noon, and 2-4pm.  To learn more, visit Project ReachOut

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A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH,Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health A. K. Vaidian, MD, MPH
Commissioner of Behavioral & Community Health
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