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HSC drug drop box program provides a safe way to dispose of unneeded medications

Posted June 23, 2020

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The drop box is in the HSC Police Department lobby.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center (HSC) at Fort Worth provides a safe place to dispose of unneeded and expired drugs.

You’ll find a secure drop box, available to the public, in the HSC Police Department lobby, 3600 Mattison Ave. It’s open 24/7. Visitor parking is available in spaces on the west side of the building.

People dropping off items at the box should practice social distancing and wear a mask.

Accepted items:

  • Prescription pills.
  • Over-the-counter pills.
  • Vitamins (pills and gel caps).
  • Samples of pills.
  • Pills for pets.

Items not accepted:

  • Needles (sharps).
  • Thermometers
  • Inhalers.
  • Ointments, lotions and liquids.
  • Prescription patches.

Remove medications from plastic bottles and place them in a closed plastic baggie, provided at the box if you don’t have one handy.

When you dispose of unwanted drugs properly, you ensure they won’t fall into the hands of children or substance abusers. Discarded drugs should not be thrown into the garbage or flushed down a toilet. They can contaminate water and soil, and can be dangerous if ingested by wildlife.

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