Staten Island Prescription Drug Safety & Disposal
Many prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet are harmful.
Rates of unintentional overdose and accidental poisoning in New York City are alarmingly high. In fact, many individuals using heroin report starting with a prescription opioid.
There are several ways to protect your family and friends, including safely disposing or properly destroying your medications. Learn more below.
Staten Island Drug Disposal Locations
Type in your address in the top right corner of the map to find the drug drop box location nearest to you.
On Staten Island, select pharmacies, hospitals, and all NYPD precincts have drug drop boxes where you can dispose of old, unused, and unwanted medications.
TYSA is working with Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon and other community partners to expand take back locations to even more pharmacies and locations across Staten Island. Sponsored by DA Michael McMahon, MedSafe drug disposal safes have been installed in the following pharmacies:
- Delco Drugs and Specialty Pharmacy – 3833 Richmond Avenue (Eltingville)
- Randall Manor Pharmacy – 395 Forest Avenue (Randall Manor)
- Ocean Breeze Pharmacy – 1817 Hylan Boulevard (Dongan Hills)
- Super Health Pharmacy – 6400 Amboy Road (Pleasant Plains)
- St. George Pharmacy – 99 Stuyvesant Place (St. George)
- Rosebank Pharmacy – 500 Rosebank Avenue (Rosebank)
- CVS Pharmacy – 640 Arthur Kill Road (Great Kills), 1933 Victory Boulevard (Westerleigh), 1361 Hylan Boulevard (Old Town)
- Walgreens Pharmacy – 758 Arthur Kill Road (Arden Heights), 1551 Richmond Avenue (Bulls Head)
Additionally, you can bring your medications to the following NYPD precincts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with no questions asked:
- 120 Precinct – 78 Richmond Terrace (St. George)
- 121 Precinct – 970 Richmond Avenue (Granitevlle)
- 122 Precinct – 1210 Hylan Boulevard (New Dorp)
- 123 Precinct – 116 Main Street (Tottenville)
And the following hospital locations:
Northwell Health (Staten Island University Hospital)
- SIUH North – 475 Seaview Ave (Dongan Hills/Ocean Breeze)
- SIUH South – 375 Seguine Ave (Prince’s Bay)
Richmond University Medical Center – 355 Bard Avenue (West New Brighton)
Personal Disposal Kits at Home
If you cannot make your way to one of these locations, you can safely dispose of unused, unwanted, and expired medications at home too. Personal drug disposal kits, such as the ones made by Deterra, can be used with water to de-activate drugs, rendering them harmless. These kits are biodegradable and can simply be disposed of with your regular trash. (You can get Deterra kits for your personal use at the next TYSA tabling event.)
Alternatively, you can also mix your pills with coffee grounds, cat litter, sawdust, and/or soil to discourage others from getting into these drugs by accident. This is not quite as effective as Deterra kits in de-activating the drugs, but it should effectively discourage others from getting into the drugs. You can also dispose of this along with your regular trash as well.
Drug Disposal Dos and Don’ts
If you do decide to dispose of your medication, follow these simple rules:
- DON’T flush medications in the toilet
- DON’T throw medications directly in the trash
- DO use drug deactivation pouches
- DO damage medications by mixing drugs with coffee grinds or cat litter
For more information, download the Partnership for Drug Free Kids Safe Drug Disposal Guide.