The Hingham Police believe that getting unused prescription drugs out of residents’ medicine cabinets is an important tool in keeping them out of circulation and temptation – thereby preventing addictions.
Drop Off Procedure
If you have unwanted, unused or expired prescription drugs or other medication in your medicine cabinet you can dispose of them at the police station anytime. A secure collection box is available 24/7 in the front lobby of the police station. Simply drop your medications into the collection box on your left as you enter the lobby. There is no paperwork to fill out. To ensure your privacy, we suggest residents black out or remove any personal information on their prescription containers before dropping them in the collection box.
Please be aware that syringes cannot be dropped off in the collection box. Residents can drop off syringes in the large marked metal container in the Recycle Building at the Hingham Transfer Station during their regular operating hours.
What We Do With It
For environmental reasons, The Food and Drug Administration does not recommend flushing unused medicine down the toilet or disposing of it in household trash. The lobby collection box provides our community with a safe method for disposal. All collected medications are stored and twice a year are delivered for incineration in accordance with a permit granted to the Hingham Police from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.
Our lobby collection box was purchased with a donation by the Hingham Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association in 2013.If you have any questions about this please contact Sgt. Steven Dearth.