Properly dispose of medications

Properly dispose of medications
Posted on 04/07/2021

Did you know the Lenexa Police Department will dispose of your old, unused or expired prescription medications? This service is available 24/7 in the Police Department lobby and is a great way to safely dispose of medications and keep them from getting into the wrong hands.

Accepted medications:

  • Pills/tablets/capsules 
  • Patches

Prohibited medications:

  • Liquids of any kind
  • Aerosols/sprays/inhalers
  • Needles/sharps

Dispose of pills, tablets, capsules and patches
Dump pills from their container into a Ziplock-style bag. Different pills can be mixed together. Empty medication containers can be disposed of with your regular garbage.

Bring your bag(s) of medication to the Police Department lobby and contact one of the public service officers at the window. No appointment necessary.

Any items that cannot be accepted, as well as excess packaging, will be returned to you.

For questions, contact the Police Department’s Public Service Line at 913.477.7370.

Dispose of liquids, needles and sharps
According to the Food and Drug Administration, here is how to properly dispose of liquids and needles/sharps:


  1. Remove the drugs from their original containers and mix them with something undesirable, such as used coffee grounds, dirt or cat litter. This makes the medicine less appealing to children and pets and unrecognizable to someone who might go through the trash looking for drugs.
  2. Put the mixture in something you can close (a re-sealable zipper storage bag, empty can or other container) to prevent it from leaking or spilling out.
  3. Throw the container in the garbage.


  1. Place needles/sharps in a hard-sided container with a lid such as a sharps disposal container, empty bleach bottle, empty laundry soap bottle or metal container with a screw-top lid.
  2. Write “DO NOT RECYCLE — MEDICAL SHARPS” on the outside of the container.
  3. Dispose of the container in your garbage

Published April 7, 2021