Medication Take Back Event
City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida - Venice of America

Medication Take Back Event

Sunday, January 27, 2013
301 N. Andrews Avenue
(just three blocks north of Broward Boulevard)
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


SignMedications should never be flushed down the toilet or poured down the sink. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, doing so can contaminate Florida’s aquatic environment. To provide a safe alternative for the proper disposal of medications, the City of Fort Lauderdale is sponsoring its third annual Medication Take Back Event.

While cleaning out garages, sheds, and homes to prepare for the annual Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Event, make sure to check the medicine cabinets too! In addition to collecting HHW, the City will also be accepting unused, unwanted, or expired medications. There is no cost to drop off medications and residents may remain anonymous. (Note: Residents dropping off HHW will be required to provide proof of residency.)

If you have medications you no longer need or want, the Medication Take Back event offers a great opportunity to dispose of them. By properly discarding medications at the Take Back event, you will help:

  • Prevent prescription drug abuse
  • Prevent accidental overdoses
  • Prevent accidental poisoning of children and pets
  • Reduce environmental pollution
  • Decrease the amount of waste sent to local landfills
  • Protect our drinking water supply, local waterways and native wildlife

So, start checking your medicine cabinets today for items to drop off.  Your participation can help keep everyone safe – you, your family, friends, pets, and your planet.

What to bring:

  • Medicated syrups, liquids, ointments, creams, shampoos, and lotions
  • Medication samples
  • Medications with incomplete or missing labels
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Pet medication
  • Prescription medications (controlled and non-controlled)
  • Prescription inhalers
  • Unknown tablets and capsules
  • Vitamins

What not to bring:

  • Aerosol cans
  • Bandages
  • Chemotherapy/radioactive substances
  • Injectable solutions
  • Medical waste of any type
  • Medications generated from businesses /doctor’s offices
  • Needles/sharps
  • Syringes
  • Thermometers (These may be disposed of at the HHW drop off the same day.)
  • Any non-medication related items (e.g., perfumes, shampoos, deodorants, etc.)

Helpful Guidelines and Information

  • Remove all patient information (patient’s name, doctor’s name and prescription number) or black it out with a permanent marker.
  • Leave all medications in their original containers with the name of each medicine visible if the labels are still intact.  
  • Make sure containers do not leak. Tighten the lids or place the medication in a plastic baggie if it is leaking.   
  • Business or government generated waste will not be accepted.
  • City of Fort Lauderdale staff, along with Fort Lauderdale police officers, will be on site to collect the medications. Once collected, the medications will be disposed of and destroyed according to state laws and regulations.




For questions about the Medication Take Back Event, just Tap, Click, or Call to reach the City’s 24-hour Customer Service Center: