Properly disposing of medication contributes to keeping our environment, especially our waterways, protected and our community healthy. In fact, SWACO is a member of the Ohio Opioid Education Alliance which seeks to protect Ohio's children and prevent the next generation from abusing prescription opioids. Familiarize yourself with the Don't Live in Denial, Ohio campaign to learn how you can keep your family safe. 

SWACO provides Franklin County's residents and families with access to safe disposal options for unwanted prescriptions. Each year, SWACO partners with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (US DEA) to host two National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. These mobile collection events provide safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing of unwanted prescription drugs. 

Upcoming Drug Take-Back Days

In 2019, SWACO will support a Drug Take-Back Day collection event on April 27 from 10 am to 2 pm. All locations are accepting only dry pills unless otherwise noted. You can download the flier here. Participating locations include:  

Bexley Police Department
559 N. Cassingham Rd.

Blendon Township
Blendon Township Police Department
6340 Hempstead Rd.

Canal Winchester
Diley Ridge Medical Center
7911 Diley Rd.

Columbus Public Health
240 Parsons Ave.
*Accepting dry pills, patches, pet medications, vitamins, and needles/sharps in puncture resistant containers.

Franklin Township 
Fire Station 192
2193 Frank Rd. 

Dublin Justice Center
6565 Commerce Parkway

Grove City
Jackson Township Fire Station 202
3650 Hoover Rd. 

Hilliard Police Department
5171 Northwest Parkway

New Albany
New Albany Police Dept./Plain Township Fire Department
9500 Johnstown Rd. 

Perry Township
Perry Township Police Department
7125 Sawmill Road 

Reynoldsburg Police Department
7240 East Main St. 

Upper Arlington
Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center
3600 Tremont Rd. 

Worthington Police Department
6555 Worthington-Galena Rd.

Sharon Township
Sharon Township Police Department
95 East Wilson Bridge Rd. 

The following Kroger locations are accepting dry pills, liquid medicines, aerosols, needles, creams and patches. 

Canal Winchester
6095 Gender Rd.

3637 S. High St.

7100 Hospital Dr. 

300 S. Hamilton Rd.

4656 Cemetery Rd.

55 W. Schrock Rd.

In addition, SWACO partners with communities throughout Franklin County to make permanent drop-off locations available year-round.

Permanent Drug Drop-Off Locations

Please don’t put prescription drugs in the trash. Instead, stop by one of these locations to safely dispose of unwanted medications. Each location accepts dry, prescription pills. If you have other items such as liquid medicines, inhalers, needles, creams, or patches, please verify that they are accepted by calling first. 

Dublin Police Department
6565 Commerce Parkway
Dublin, OH 43017
Phone: 614-889-1112
Email Dublin Police Department

Franklin County Government Center Lobby
369 South High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-525-4507
Email Franklin County Government Center
Grove City Division of Police
3360 Park Street
Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: 614-277-1710
Email Grove City Police
Hilliard Police Department
5171 Northwest Parkway
Hilliard, OH 43026
Phone: 614-334-2336
Email Hilliard Police Department
New Albany Police Department
50 Village Hall Road
New Albany, OH 43054
Phone: 614-855-7544
Email New Albany Police Department 
Pickerington Police Department
1311 Refugee Road
Pickerington, OH 43147
Phone: 614-575-6911
Email Pickerington Police Department

Reynoldsburg Police Department

7240 E Main Street
Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
Phone: 614-866-6622
Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center
3600 Tremont Road
Upper Arlington, OH 43221
Phone: 614-583-5160
Westerville Division of Police
29 S State Street
Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-901-6860
Email Westerville Police
Whitehall Division of Police
365 S Yearling Road
Whitehall, OH 43213
Phone: 614-237-6333
Email Whitehall Police
Worthington Division of Police
6555 Worthington Galena Road
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone: 614-885-4463
Email Worthington Police

Additional Information

For a list of additional drop-off locations outside of central Ohio, please visit the Rx Drug Box website or