Drug Take-back Day

Free, confidential, and no questions asked. 

Drug Take-Back Day is a national program, offered once a semester in April and October, in coordination with our office, UNH Police Department and the DEA. This event offers individuals a safe, free and confidential way to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. By eliminating these unused medications, we can reduce misuse, abuse, and accidental poisoning. But, it’s important to dispose of medications the right way. Do not flush medications down the toilet where they can contaminate groundwater and waterways. The easiest, safest way to dispose of medications is during Drug Take-Back Day.

Drug Take-back Day

October 28, 2017

UNH Police Department: 10 am-2 pm
18 Waterworks Road
Durham, NH 03824
This location accepts medications 365 days/year. 

Health & Wellness, Pharmacy: 10 am-2 pm
4 Pettee Brook Lane
Durham, NH 03824

Ongoing; Weekdays Only

Durham Police Department: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
86 Dover Road
Durham, NH 03824
This location does not accept medications on weekends. Pills only. 


This Drug Take-Back Day is a national initiative of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Previous events in New Hampshire have taken back an astounding 276 tons of unwanted or expired medications. These events aim to reduce prescription drug abuse and accidental poisonings by removing unwanted and expired prescription drugs from home medicine cabinets.

Drug Take-Back Day also benefits the environment by keeping prescription medications from contaminating lakes, streams, and estuaries. Wastewater treatment plants cannot remove many of the compounds found in medications. When medications are flushed or put in a landfill, drugs are discharged into surface and groundwater and consumed by fish and wildlife.