Prescription Drug Disposal

University Park residents now have a secure, convenient,  and environmentally friendly way to dispose of unused, unwanted or accumulated prescription and over-the-counter drugs.  The University Park Police Department has installed a MedReturn disposal box at City Hall.  The box is located inside the building’s 24-hour entrance (3800 University Blvd.) next to the City’s 9-1-1 call center.

 
This free service is the result of collaboration between UPPD, the Dallas Area Drug Prevention Partnership and the Alliance on Underage Drinking.  All three entities are working to keep old prescription drugs out of the hands of those suffering from addiction.  Those who dispose of their drugs using this drop-off method are also helping to reduce the volume of medications that find their way into area waterways and landfills.  Funds to purchase the box and a burn barrel were obtained through the Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse, in partnership with the Texoma HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) task force.
 
When you visit City Hall to dispose of your medications, carefully follow the instructions that are listed on the top of the MedReturn box.
 
  • Remove all medications from their containers, and place the pills in the plastic bags that are provided
  • Pills only -- no liquid medications or inhalers
  • No needles, syringes or lancets
How to dispose of “sharps” safely
 
“Sharps” is a medical term for items with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin.  Examples include needles, syringes, and lancets.  Every year University Park sanitation workers are injured by sharps that are improperly discarded.

 
Do not use the MedReturn disposal box for these products.  Instead use strong plastic containers including bleach bottles or liquid detergent bottles to safely dispose of sharps.  These containers have small openings with caps and lids that fit tightly and secure the sharps inside.  When the container is full, tightly secure the lid and reinforce it with heavy duct tape before including it in your trash for collection.