Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Safe Disposal of Medication Program

Safe Disposal of Medication ProgramThe Sheriff’s Office has established a permanent medications collection program in Douglas County.  With our “Safe Disposal of Medication Program” the community now has a way to properly and safely dispose of unwanted drugs and unused medications throughout the year.


A drug collection drop-box has been placed in the west entrance lobby of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center (JLEC) at 111 East 11th street in Lawrence. Drugs can be dropped off during business hours, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, except holidays.

Items we can accept: prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, herbal remedies, supplements, veterinary drugs, and lotions or liquids in leak-proof containers.

We will not accept: needles and sharps, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans and inhalers, personal care products, infectious waste, or illegal drugs.

We suggest people remove or obscure personal information on any labels before disposing of items. Pills may be removed from bottles and placed in zip-lock bags for ease of disposal. This program is for individual citizens and not intended for health care providers or businesses.

Our Safe Disposal of Medication Program has many benefits for the community.

  • It gives families a safe and anonymous way of eliminating unwanted medicines.
  • It reduces availability of controlled substances getting into the hands of abusers.
  • It reduces the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses, especially among children.
  • And it reduces the introduction of chemicals into the environment.

Properly disposing of excess drugs is everyone’s responsibility. We encourage the Douglas County community to take full advantage of this new public safety service. For any questions or more information call 785-841-0007 or email us This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sheriff Ken McGovern