Prescription Drug Disposal Box Program


The Lake County Sheriff's Office and several local police departments have prescription drug disposal boxes to take back your old, outdated or unused prescription drugs.

Unused prescription drugs that remain in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to abuse, creating a public health crisis. Dispose of your unused and expired medicine in an environmentally friendly manner.

Walgreens announced in September 2016 the installation of three medication disposal kiosks at the following Lake County locations:

  • Buffalo Grove Walgreens at 15 N Buffalo Grove Road
  • Deerfield Walgreens at 780 Waukegan Road
  • Waukegan Walgreens at 1811 Belvidere Road

Below is a list of police departments accepting unused prescription drugs.

  • Antioch
  • Barrington
  • Buffalo Grove
  • Deerfield
  • Fox Lake
  • Grayslake/Hainseville
  • Hawthorn Woods
  • Highland Park
  • Island Lake
  • Lakemoor
  • Lake Bluff
  • Lake County Sheriff's Office, Waukegan
  • Lake Forest
  • Lake Zurich
  • Libertyville
  • Lincolnshire
  • Lindenhurst
  • Mundelein
  • North Chicago
  • Round Lake
  • Round Lake Beach
  • Round Lake Park
  • Vernon Hills
  • Wauconda
  • Waukegan
  • Winthrop Harbor
  • Zion

Accepted items for deposit include:

  • Prescription medications, including controlled substances
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Medication samples
  • Pet medications
  • Vitamins and supplements
  • Medicated ointments, lotions, creams and oils
  • Liquid medication in leak-proof containers
  • Homeopathic remedies

Not accepted:

  • Needles/sharps
  • Syringes with needles
  • Thermometers
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products
  • Empty containers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide