Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative

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Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative

We are a grassroots education campaign to share information about the importance of properly disposing of unused medications. These can be prescription medicines, over-the-counter meds or even those prescribed for your pet. Usually, your doctor will recommend you use all of the medicine prescribed, but sometimes prescriptions expire or are left over so we’re here to help with how to properly dispose of those unused medications.

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To find the nearest collection site in Cook County please enter your address below. Before traveling to a collection site you may want to call in advance to verify operating hours and type of collection (not all sites collect all meds).

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Following doctor’s directions to take all medicines that are prescribed, as is often the case for the majority of medicines including antibiotics.


 Our focus is to educate Cook County residents on the importance of proper disposal and then provide them with information on how to safely and easily dispose of their unused meds.


We have created a database of secure collection sites throughout Cook County that accept unused medications.  Simply enter your address and find the sites closest to your location.


It’s important to properly store medications in your home so that children and pets aren’t able to access them without adult supervision.


DEA  ∗  EPA ∗  Cook County Sheriff ∗  Water Reclamation District ∗  IL EPA

Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative is pleased to work with the following organizations to help spread information on the need for proper disposal of unused medications:

Epilesy Foundation Greater Chicago

Horizon Pharma 


Illinois Academy of Family Physicians

Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization


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Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative

123 Avenue
Chicago, Ill 60176