Medication Disposal




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)


 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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