Sharps/Medication Disposal

Sharps Disposal

To dispose of home-generated sharps (lancets, hypodermic needles, syringes, scalpel blades, and non-household glass articles that have been broken) put them into a rigid container marked with the word SHARPS. These sharps can then be disposed of in the regular solid trash. Do not send them through recycling. Common household containers considered rigid include: liquid detergent and bleach bottles, 2 liter bottles, and coffee cans if the lid is securely taped to the can. Remember, do not dispose of sharps unless they are in a rigid plastic container.

While Ohio law allows the disposal of sharps used by an individual for purposes of his/her own care or treatment in their home into the solid waste stream, it is important to recognize the hazard they pose to solid waste workers. Solid waste workers handle waste containers without knowledge of the contents.

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Unused Medication Disposal

Unused portions of medication must be disposed of properly to protect our children, our water and food supplies. Proper disposal also helps deter prescription drug abuse. Prescription Drug Drop Boxes are available at the following locations:

Ashland County Sheriff’s Department
1205 East Main Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Loudonville Police Department
125 North Water Street
Loudonville, Ohio 44842

Guidelines for Drug Disposal

  • Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your privacy.
  • A list of drugs that may be flushed can be found on the FDA website.
  • Do not give medications to friends.
  • When in doubt about proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist.
  • If you do put unused medicines in the trash, take them out of their original containers and mix them (DO NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.