Need to dispose of unwanted prescriptions? You never have to wait for our household hazardous waste collection events to properly dispose of old medications. These local law enforcement agencies and businesses collect medications all the time.
No sharp objects (needles, syringes) or liquids please! Some of the businesses may not accept controlled substances, so it's always best to call first.
- Valparaiso Police Department, 355 S. Washington St.
- Portage Police Department, 6260 Central Ave.
- Hebron Police Department, 611 N. Main St. (only available Mondays through Fridays, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
- Porter Police Department, 50 Francis St.
- Chesterton Police Department, 790 Broadway
- Porter County Sheriff's Department, 2755 S. Indiana 49, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Walgreens: 6001 Central Avenue, Portage; 1903 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso
- Valparaiso Professional Pharmacy, 2101 Evans Ave #101, Valparaiso, (219) 462-1484
- PharmaCard Pharmacy: 2005 Roosevelt Rd., Ste A, Valparaiso, (219) 464-0404; 6036 Lute Rd., Ste. A, Portage, (219) 763-3466
- CVS Pharmacy: 3400 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, (219) 462-4381; 1805 Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, (219) 464-2141; 3240 Willowcreek Rd., Portage, (219) 762-3998; CVS accepts controlled substances.
- Fagen Pharmacy: 3125 N. Calumet Ave., Valparaiso, (219) 462-4381; 390 W. Hwy 6, South Haven, (219) 762-7726
- Please keep your medications inside their original bottles with the labels. Knowing the types of medications in the bottles is helpful in their disposal.
- Take a black permanent marker and cross out your personal information on the labels (name, prescription number, etc.).
Pharmaceuticals thrown in the trash can leach into the environment.
- killing bacteria that break down waste in sewage plants, damage septic systems, and contaminate nearby waterways and harm aquatic wildlife and can seep into ground water and contaminate drinking water.
A 2008 Associated Press investigation found pharmaceuticals in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Always dispose of your unwanted/expired prescription medications properly!