Need to dispose of unwanted drugs? Options to discard now available

Pick up a Deterra Drug Deactivation Pouch today

Did you miss Montgomery’s Prescription Drug Take-Back event on April 27?  Do you have prescriptions you no longer need?

The City of Montgomery Fire Department recently received a grant from the Ohio SafeRX Collaborative for the purchase of 300 Deterra drug deactivation pouches. These pouches are easy to use and work on patches, liquids or creams. The pouch contains environmentally sound materials which degrade, or are consumed by microbes, in the landfill. More information on the biodegradable packaging is found here.

The Deterra System is simple to use by following these steps:

  • Tear open the pouch,
  • Place unused medications (patches, liquids, pills or creams) inside,
  • Fill the pouch with warm water, seal tightly, and dispose of in the trash.

The Deterra pouches are available at the Montgomery Safety Center lobby.  There is a limited supply so pick yours up today! 

The Montgomery Police Department also offers a prescription drug drop-off box in the front lobby of the Montgomery Safety Center.  You can drop your expired or unneeded prescription and over-the-counter pills in the box located in the Safety Center lobby, 10150 Montgomery Road.  The lobby hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Have expired or unneeded prescription creams, liquids or sharp needles?  These DO NOT go in the box!

Persons may not dispose of any dangerous, hazardous or non-compliant items in a collection receptacle. This includes medical sharps and needles ( e.g. insulin syringes) and compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g. asthma inhalers). Other non-compliant items that may not be placed into a collection receptacle include iodine-containing medications and mercury-containing thermometers.

Remember to recycle the medicine bottles. Drop off medicine bottles at the monthly cardboard recycling event.  Check the City calendar for dates.

Never pour medications, pills, liquids or creams, down the sink or flush down the toilet.  Using the Deterra pouch method keeps these drugs out of the water supply and out of the landfills. 

Sharp needles should never be dropped off at the prescription drug drop off box. Only dispose of needles in the trash when they are sealed in an unbreakable bottle. To dispose of needles, Rumpke recommends that you:

  • Seal the used needles in a medicine bottle or in a rigid, leak-proof, puncture-resistant container with a tight-fitting lid. 
  • Wrap the bottle cap with tape to seal.  
  • Dispose of them in the trash.


For more information on proper drug disposal or the Deterra System, contact the Montgomery Fire Department at 513-985-1633.

This prescription drug drop-off box is located in the lobby of the Montgomery Safety Center, 10150 Montgomery Road.