Prescription Drug Disposal Program

UPDATE: The Champaign Police Department no longer accepts unused medications. Please check with your local pharmacy or medical services provider for other take-back locations.


City of Champaign is pleased to kick off the C-U Area Medicine Take-back Program on Friday May 24th at 6:30 AM at the City of Champaign Police Department with Mayor Don Gerard. Residents will now have a safe location to properly dispose of unused prescription/non-prescription medications. This is also an environmentally safe alternative to disposing of both prescription and non-prescription medications.

Three locked collection boxes will be available in the lobbies of local police departments at:

  • Urbana Police Department, 400 South Vine St., Urbana
  • Champaign Police Department, 82 E. University Ave., Champaign
  • University of Illinois Police Department, 1110 W. Springfield Ave., Urbana

Prescription, over-the-counter medicines, liquid medication in leakproof containers and veterinary pharmaceuticals from residents will be accepted. Illicit drugs, syringes, needles, thermometers and bloody or infectious waste will not be accepted. No personal information remaining on the containers will be used; privacy of any personal information will be strictly maintained. The collected drugs will be incinerated, which is the environmentally-preferred disposal method.

“Previous drug disposal collection days have been very successful and we urge all residents to take advantage of this program to rid their home medicine cabinets of these unused, unwanted and expired medications,” stated City of Champaign Police Chief Anthony Cobb.

The take-back program is a partnership between Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Urbana, Champaign and University of Illinois Police, Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, the National Prescription Pill and Drug Disposal Program, City of Champaign, City of Urbana, Illinois American Water, University of Illinois Student Sustainability Committee, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Champaign-Urbana Public Health Department, WCIA 3 News, and Prairie Rivers Network.

For more information about the new program visit