What is a Non-Controlled Medication?

Non-controlled substances include over-the-counter medications and medications that are prescribed to treat medical conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and bacterial infections. Prescriptions for non-controlled substances are not subject to all of the limitations that controlled substance prescriptions are. Non-Controlled items may be disposed of at any of the pharmacy locations participating in the Take Back Meds program.

How do I prepare the medication?

Bring medications in their original container. Do not remove the name of the medication. Pharmacy staff must be able to see the medication type so it can be properly sorted. Block out ALL identifying personal information on the prescription label. This can be done at the pharmacy.


Acceptable items at the pharmacy:

  • Prescription medications (Non-controlled)
  • Over-the-Counter medications
  • Antibiotics/steroids
  • Cold and flu medications
  • Pet medications
  • Medication Samples
  • Medicated ointments/lotions

Unacceptable items at the pharmacy:

  • “Controlled” substances.
  • Intravenous (IV) bags, bloody or infectious waste
  • Lice Shampoo (pesticides)
  • Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc.
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Electronic devices – diabetes testers etc.
  • Thermometers
  • Empty containers
  • Needles, lancets, etc. – see below for other options
  • Business Waste – schools, medical offices, group homes other health care facilities



Click here to find a participating pharmacy located near you.

Click here to find out how to dispose of controlled medicines.


Non-program Items:

  • Sharps – Needles, lancets, syringes, Epi-pens
  • Empty intervenous (IV) bags, bloody or infectious waste
  • Lice Shampoo (pesticides)
  • Hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, etc.
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Electronic devices – diabetes testers etc.
  • Thermometers
  • Empty containers
  • Business Waste – schools, medical offices, group homes other health care facilities

Click here for non-program disposal options.

Can’t get to a drop-off location?

If you can’t get to a drop-off location but need a last resort for safely disposing your medication watch this video to learn how.