Pharmaceutical Collection Programs


Many households have outdated or unused medications lying around their homes. With the growing problem of substance abuse, it is a good idea to clean out the medicine cabinet and get rid of all unnecessary medications so that they don't fall into the wrong hands. Flushing medications is bad for the environment. Residues from drugs have been found in our waterways due to this practice. Controlled substances are highly regulated and law enforcement must be present at any pharmaceutical collection that includes these kinds of drugs. It has been recognized that there is a need for a safe and controlled disposal outlet for pharmaceuticals.  Ongoing collection sites are starting to be established so that households have an outlet for these drugs.

Collection Programs

Ongoing Pharmaceutical Collection Sites:

  • Jefferson County Sheriff's Department has a pharmaceutical drop box in a secured area off the lobby of the Public Safety Building, 753 Waterman Drive, Watertown, NY.  The drop box is open to the public during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm.  Acceptable items that can be placed in the drop box include prescription medications (including controlled substances), prescription patches, prescription ointments, vitamins, drug samples, over the counter medications and veterinary medications. Any and all medications should be placed in a plastic bag before placing in the drop box. Non-acceptable items include: thermometers, aerosol sprays, inhalers and hydrogen peroxide. Sharps (syrnges) are prohibited from being disposed of in the drop box.
  • St. Lawrence County Sheriff's Department has a pharmaceutical drop box located at their Public Safety Building, 49.5 Court St., Canton, NY.  The drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Acceptable items include prescription medications (including controlled substances) as well as over the counter medication in pill form only. Non-acceptable items include any liquid medications. Sharps (syringes) are prohibited from being disposed in the drop box.
  • Kinney Drugs Stores accepts expired or unwanted non-controlled substances at their stores on the last Saturday of every month.  Check with your local store for restrictions or drop off hours.

Collections Events

  • The Development Authority of the North Country, in partnership with Jefferson County and St. Lawrence County sponsor pharmaceutical collections during their Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events. Information on these collection events, which are held at various locations throughout the year can be found by clicking here


North Country Recycles

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Three County Recycling List:
This list identifies items accepted by transfer stations in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties.

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