Henderson Police Department is committed to safely disposing of unwanted and expired prescription
drugs. There are safer and more convenient ways to dispose of these drugs.
How to Dispose of Narcotic Pills and Patches:
If you need to dispose of narcotic pills or patches, ask the Henderson Police volunteer for a
narcotics disposal bag. Each bag provides for the disposal of up to 45 pills, 6 ounces of liquid
medication or 6 trans-dermal patches. The bags contain activated carbon which neutralizes the
medication and prevents it from contaminating groundwater and drinking water.
Medication disposal bags are available for pickup Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
at Henderson Police Stations. One medication disposal bag with proof of Henderson residency.
Liquids, inhalers, neutralizers, needles or other sharps will not be accepted.
How to properly dispose of narcotic medication in the disposal bags
• Place medication in the bag
• Fill the bag half-full with warm tap water
• Wait for 30 seconds
• Tightly seal the bag
• Discard sealed bag
For all other unwanted and expired prescriptions or medicines
Follow these simple steps from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):
1) Mix medicines:
Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
2) Seal mixture:
Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.
3) Throw away:
Throw the container in your household trash.
Upcoming prescription pill take-back events
Henderson Police will be hosting several pill take-back events at different times and locations throughout Henderson during the year. For more information, visit the Police Events page.