Pharmaceutical Disposal

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HOUSEHOLD PHARMACEUTICAL DISPOSAL PROGRAMRed and White pills rolling out of an orange prescription bottle on top of a prescription pad

Medications may be properly disposed by taking them to the Metropolitan Forensic Science Center located at 5350 2nd ST NW (south of Montano Road on 2nd Street behind the Gerald Cline Memorial Police Substation).

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

(505) 823-4200

What’s Not Accepted:

  • Liquids, injectables or syringes.
  • Chemo or medical waste.
  • Inhalers or other personal care items.

For more information call the Metropolitan Forensic Science Center at (505) 823-4200 or visit the EPA Management of Hazardous Waste Parmaceuticals website.

MEDICATIONS MAY ALSO BE DISPOSED AT ANY OF THE SIX AREA APD COMMAND SUBSTATIONS, INCLUDING THE JAMES DWYER MINI-SUBSTATION AND THE OLD TOWN MINI-SUBSTATION.

Hours of Operation for all Stations

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m

Foothills Area Command

12800 Lomas NE

Albuquerque, NM 87123

(505) 332-5240

Northeast Area Command

8201 Osuna Rd NE

Albuquerque, NM 87109

(505) 823-4455

Southeast Area Command

800 Louisiana SE

Albuquerque, NM 87108

(505) 256-2050

Valley Area Command

5408 2nd St. NW

Albuquerque, NM 87107

(505) 761-8800

Southwest Area Command

6404 Los Volcanes Rd NW

Albuquerque, NM 87121

(505) 831-4705

Northwest Area Command

10401 Cibola Loop NW

Albuquerque, NM 87114

(505) 768-4850

James Dwyer Memorial Substation

12700 Montgomery NE

Albuquerque, NM 87111

(505) 332-5254

Old Town Community Substation

2060 Central Avenue SW

Albuquerque, NM 87104

(505) 244-6643

TRASH DISPOSAL

Other prescriptions should be disposed in your regular trash following the steps below:

  • Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If medication is a solid (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), crush it and add water to dissolve it.
  • Add an absorbent material such as kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds to the plastic bag.
  • Seal the plastic bag and place into the trash.
  • Protect yourself by destroying all identifying information from medical containers before disposing.