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Ditch your Doses at the Police Station!

It's hard to know what to do with unused medication, especially since conventional methods are no longer recommended.  Medications that are improperly disposed of can enter and stay in our water supply. 

You can help keep our water clean by bringing your old medications to the Cedar Rapids Police Station at 505 1st Street SW.  A medication disposal box is located in the vestibule of the Cedar Rapids Police Station which is accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year.  

Police Drug Drop Box



  • All Medications in Pill or Patch form

  • 24 hrs. a day/ 7days a week 


Not Accepted:


TakeAway Program
Many pharmacies in Cedar Rapids participate in the TakeAway program, which provides residents with an additional option for medication disposal. 

Participating Pharmacies
A Avenue Pharmacy
Downtown Drug
Fifth Avenue Pharmacy
Hy-Vee Food and Drugstore Pharmacies
Medical Pharmacy
Sample Medical Pharmacy
Walgreens Pharmacies

Accepted Medications:
Unused or expired prescription or over the counter medicines in their original packaging:

  • pills, tablets, capsules

  • ointments

  • creams

  • lotions

  • powders

  • inhalers and nebulizer solutions

  • liquid medicines less than 4 oz.

Not Accepted:

  • Controlled substances such as Adderall, Vicodin, Demerol, Hydrocodone, MS Contin and Ambien can be turned in to the Cedar Rapids Police Station (505 1st St. SW) at any time.   

  • Needles and Syringes  Learn More 

  • Liquids more than 4 oz. - place in a plastic bag and put in garbage. 

  • Thermometers Learn More 

  • Rubbing Alcohol and Hydrogen Peroxide  Learn More   

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