Proper Medication Disposal

When your medicines are no longer needed, they should be disposed of promptly. Consumers and caregivers should remove expired, unwanted, or unused medicines from their home as quickly as possible to help reduce the chance that others accidentally take or intentionally misuse the unneeded medicine, and to help reduce drugs from entering the environment. (

Here is a list of local sites that will take back and dispose of your unused medications all year round:

Open Drop Off:

Beaufort County Government Building – 4819 Bluffton Prkwy, Bluffton, SC 29910

(This site is a partnership through Beaufort Memorial Hospital, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office and LCAHY)

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office¬†– 70 Shelter Cove Ln., Hilton Head Island, SC

Walgreens, Okatie – 138 Okatie Center Blvd, Okatie, SC 29909

Ulmer Family Pharmacy – 68 Bluffton Rd. #6, Bluffton, SC 29910

Long’s Main Street Pharmacy – 120 W Main St., Ridgeland, SC 29936

Customers Only:

Burke’s Pharmacy – 1101 Main St., Hilton Head, SC 29926

Bluffton Pharmacy – 167 Bluffton Rd B, Bluffton, SC 29910

Free DisposeRx:

Walmart Pharmacies

Sams Club Pharmacies

(What is DisposeRx?)


LCAHY participates in National Take Back Day. Please check back to see local site locations.


Please follow the steps below for proper home disposal:

  1. Mix the medicines (Do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds. This prevents thievery or diversion of medicines from the trash.
  2.  Then, place the mixture in a container such as a zip-lock or sealable plastic bag, and throw the container away in your household trash.