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Safe Communities Madison-Dane County

Safe Communities MedDrop Program


MedDrop - The Best Place to Get Rid of Medicines

Leftover and expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines can be found in every household in the county. Last year unintentional poisonings killed more Dane County residents than automobile crashes. Misuse or abuse of prescription, over-the-counter or illicit drugs are the major cause. Pain medication when misused, can be especially fatal.


7.5 Tons of Medicines Collected in 2014

7.5 TONS of medicines were disposed of with the MedDrop program in Dane County in 2014. That's up from 4.4 TONS in 2013. Great job Dane County and all of our MedDrop partners who help dispose of medicines the safe way!

MedDrop collection buckets seen below are lined up and ready to be shipped off for proper disposal! The Safe Communities' 'Be Good to the Earth' campaign, held on Earth Day (April 22), encouraged the use of MedDrop to safely dispose of unwanted medicines for public health and protecting the environment! A coordinated effort between Dane County, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District and area health care organizations helped to promote MedDrop as the best, most environmentally friendly way to dispose of medicines. This effort also serves as a reminder for citizens to ‘Be Good to the Earth - don’t flush medicines,’ and take them to MedDrop instead. Media Release (PDF) 

Thanks to the following local pharmacies for their participation in this initaitive! Community Pharmacies; Dean; Group Health Cooperative; Mallat’s Pharmacy; Meriter UnityPoint Health; St. Mary's Hospital; Target Madison; UW Health & Unity; UW Hospital and Walgreens. 


MedDrop Partners Make A Difference!

Using MedDrop Makes A Difference!

Above: MedDrop box in Sun Prairie. 

Contact Safe Communities for information about how to become a MedDrop municipal partner. 

Above: Sealed collection buckets are staged before being properly disposed of. Using MedDrop is the best way to get rid of medicines! 


 Medicine Safety: It's Up to You! Always Handle Medications Wisely

  • Always be sure to: 
    • Use medication exactly as prescribed
    • Store medicines away from family and friends
    • Get rid of expired and leftover medicine
    • Do not flush medicine! Take unwanted medicine to a MedDrop box

If MedDrop is Not Available

MedDrop is the best way to dispose of medicines, or pharmaceuticals.  If MedDrop is not available, do not flush your unused pharmaceuticals. Instead, dispose of them in the trash. Especially when there is a risk of accidental poisoning, overdose or diversion, it is better to dispose of household pharmaceuticals rather than keep them. When placing unused pharmaceuticals in the trash, be sure to:

  • Remove or mark over all labels that identify the materials as pharmaceuticals or that could provide personal information about you, including prescription information that someone could try to refill;
  • Render them unattractive to children and thieves by dissolving them in a small amount of water or alcohol, or by grinding them up and mixing them with coffee grounds or kitty litter; and
  • Put them in a second container or small plastic bag and hide them in your trash.

How to Use MedDrop

  • To dispose of medications in the MedDrop drop boxes, please bring your unused or expired medication and a Ziploc or other resealable bag to the MedDrop police department.
  • Empty contents of pill bottles into a Ziploc/storage bag at the police station and recycle your pill bottles, either by taking them home with you, or placing in the container provided at the police station. Block out personal information before recycling.
  • Leave liquids, gels or creams in their original containers and place them in a Ziploc/storage bag
  • Place sealed Ziploc/storage bags into the MedDrop box
  • A list of items accepted for disposal at MedDrop drop boxes is listed below

Benefits of Using MedDrop

A safe, secure way to dispose of unwanted medications which could unintentionally be consumed by children and others, or be scavenged from the trash and sold illegally. 

Medicines collected at the MedDrop locations are incinerated and disposed of in the most environmentally safe method currently available. MedDrop disposal reduces the amount of improperly disposed medicine that can eventually contaminate area rivers, lakes and streams.

What You Can Get Rid of at MedDrop

  • Prescription Medicine (pills, liquids, creams, powders & patches)
  • Over-the-Counter Medicine (pills, liquids, creams, powders & patches)
  • Medications for Pets
  • Vitamins
  • Medication Samples
  • Nebulizer Solution
  • Inhalers

*Illegal drugs cannot be disposed of in the drop box. However, you may bring illegal drugs to the police station and turn them over to authorities, no questions asked.

Do Not Bring

Every Dane County Resident is Just Minutes From a MedDrop Box


13 MedDrop box locations are open year-round and available for you to get rid of your unwanted medicines. Each MedDrop box is part of the Safe Communities key strategy to reduce access to drugs. 

Blue Mounds Police Department

11011 Brigham Avenue, Blue Mounds, WI (view map)
Call (608) 437-5197 for hours of operation

Cambridge Police Department

200 South Spring Street, Cambridge WI (view map)
Call (608) 423-4328 for hours of operation 

Deerfield Police Department

7 West Deerfield Street, Deerfield, WI (view map)
Call (608) 764-5626 for hours of operation

Fitchburg Police Department

5520 Lacy Road, Fitchburg, WI (view map)
Available 7:30 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday
(608) 270-4300

Madison Police East District

809 South Thompson Drive, Madison, WI (view map)
Available 8am-4pm Monday-Friday
(608) 266-4887 

Madison Police West District

1710 McKenna Boulevard, Madison, WI (view map)
(608) 243-0500
Available 8am-4pm Monday-Friday 

Madison, University of Wisconsin Police Department

1429 Monroe St, Madison, WI (view map)

Call (608)264-2677 for hours of operation

Mazomanie Police Department

133 Crescent Street, Mazomanie, WI (view map)
Call (608) 767-2762 for hours of operation 

McFarland Police Department

5915 Milwaukee Street, McFarland, WI (view map)
(608) 838-3151 
Available 8am-9pm Monday-Friday 

Middleton Police Department

7341 Donna Drive, Middleton, WI (view map)
(608) 824-7300 – available 24 hours in the lobby 

Oregon Police Department

383 Park St. Oregon, WI 53575 (view map)
Contact for Hours (608) 835-3111 

Sun Prairie Police Department

300 E. Main Street, Sun Prairie, WI (view map)
(608) 837-7336
Available 24 hours in the lobby 

Walgreens (2 locations only) 


3710 E. Washington Ave, Madison, WI

7810 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI

Waunakee Police Department

205 N. Klein Drive, Waunakee, WI (view map)
(608) 849 4523
Available 8am-6pm Monday-Friday

MedDrop is made possible thanks to generous financial support of:

  • Dane County
  • Dane County Narcotics Task Force
  • Dean Health Systems
  • Meriter Health Services
  • Safe Care Wisconsin/MetaStar
  • St. Mary's Hospital
  • UW Health
  • City of Fitchburg
  • City of Madison
  • City of Middleton
  • City of Sun Prairie
  • Village of Cambridge
  • Village of Deerfield
  • Village of Mazomanie
  • Village of McFarland
  • Village of Waunakee

Thanks also to the work of MedDrop partners:

  • Clean Sweep
  • Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force
  • Dane County Sheriff's Office
  • Dane County Public Works, Highways & Transportation
  • Dean/St. Mary's Hospital
  • Fitchburg Police Department
  • Fitchburg Solid Waste and Recycling Program
  • Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
  • Madison Police Department
  • Madison Engineering Division, Department of Public Works
  • Madison Recycling Program
  • McFarland Police Department
  • Middleton Police Department
  • Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin Pharmacies in the Dane County Area
  • Public Health – Madison and Dane County
  • Sun Prairie Police Department
  • Sun Prairie Public Works Department
  • Waunakee Police Department
  • Wisconsin Society of Pharmacy Students (WSPS)