• Safe Medication Disposal

    LifeSteps Coalition is committed to promote safe disposal and prevent prescription misuse, addiction and overdoses in Williamson County.


What is the problem?

Some medications have a high potential for misuse. Among those medications, opioids, commonly know as painkillers are driving this epidemic. Medications such as Hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), Oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet), Fentanyl, Morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza) and Codeine, if abused can be harmful. Prescription medications should be taken when you need and as prescribed.

What are the reasons to dispose of unused and expired medications?

Two-thirds of teens and young adults who report the use of prescription medicine are getting it from friends, family, and acquaintances.  A potential drug dealer has found a way in every household - the home medicine cabinet.

  • Children and pets are the most common victims of accidental poisoning from medication languishing around the house.
  • Flushing medications down the toilet or drain can contaminate our lakes and streams, and end up in our drinking water.
  • Medications placed in the household trash can contaminate the environment and are susceptible to diversion.

How can you dispose of unused and expired medications?

You have a few ways for medication disposal in Williamson County. Both are free and safe.

Permanent Drop-off Boxes

The locations below are open to the public for household prescription disposal year-round. You can bring OTCs or controlled medications. Sharps and liquids are not accepted.

  • ​Williamson County Sheriff’s Office at 508 Rock St., Georgetown
  • Georgetown Police Department at 3500 DB Woods, Georgetown
  • Walgreen’s Pharmacy at 710 N Bell Blvd, Cedar Park
  • Community Medical Services at 1101 Arrow Point Dr. #214, Cedar Park
  • CVS Pharmacy at 800 W. Old Settlers Blvd, Round Rock
  • CVS Pharmacy at 301 Chris Kelly Blvd, Hutto
  • CVS Pharmacy at 10550 W. Parmer Lane, Austin
  • Williamson County Annex at 1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd, Round Rock (Coming Soon this summer/fall 2021!)
  • Williamson County Annes at 412 Vance Street, Taylor (Coming Soon this summer/fall 2021!)
  • Jarrell Police Department at 161 Town Center Blvd, Jarrell (Coming Soon this summer/fall 2021!)


The location availability varies. Most are available Monday to Friday from 8-5 pm. At Walgreen’s and CVS, the drop-off boxes are available during pharmacy hours.

Medication Disposal Bags

LifeSteps Coalition is providing free medication disposal bags for schools, clinics, senior living facilities, and neighborhood associations. The bags are a safe and convenient way to dispose of meds at home. You can destroy up to 90 pills or 12 oz of liquid in just a few minutes - see video below.

National Prescription
Take-Back Day

Take-Back Day is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). It provides a safe and convenient of disposing of prescription drugs (controlled and non-controlled). The Take-Back Day is available to the public twice a year (Spring and Fall).

​Upcoming Take-Back Day:
OCTOBER 23, 2022

How to Dispose of Needles and Syringes?

For security reasons, sharps are not accepted on permanent boxes or Take-Back Day.

Needles and syringes from a household are not considered medical waste, so you can follow general disposal practices.


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