Medication Disposal Bins Installed at Arlington Walgreens Stores
By Alana Earle, Arlington Water Utilities
Posted on August 07, 2019, August 07, 2019

Walgreens drug disposal binEveryone gets sick sometimes. When you’re back on your feet and feeling better, you might wonder what to do with any leftover prescriptions. Should you just throw them in the trash? Down the drain, maybe?

Now, Arlington residents who may have waited for the bi-annual “Drug Take-Back” events in Arlington have a few more options. The following Walgreens pharmacies have permanent drug disposal receptacles:

  • 3400 Matlock Road 76015
  • 2200 East Pioneer Parkway
  • 2410 Ballpark Way
  • 1116 West Lamar

Along with prescription drugs, used and unused medications of any sort can be discarded in the disposal boxes. 

The boxes are a safer option for disposal than keeping expired or unused medications in homes, which could lead to accidental or intentional misuse of the drugs. Throwing prescriptions into the trash could also lead to pets coming in contact with them. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency discourages flushing of expired or unwanted medications down the toilet or pouring them down the drain, unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs it.

Walgreens Pharmacy Disposal Guidelines


  • Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications or prescriptions
  • Pet medications
  • Ointments, lotions and topical creams
  • Vitamins
  • Aerosol cans
  • Inhalers
  • Any solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers 

Not Accepted:

  • Intravenous solutions, such as injectables and syringes
  • Illegal drugs
  • Thermometers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide

Participants are encouraged to keep all medications in their original containers.

Click here for more information about Walgreens Pharmacy safe disposal guidelines.

The next Drug Takeback event presented by the Arlington Police Department and Arlington Water Utilities will take place on Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations: 

  • North Police District, 620 W. Division Street, 817-459-5600 
  • Walgreen's Pharmacy, 4400 W. Green Oaks Blvd., 817-563-0142 
  • East Police District, 2001 New York Ave., 817-459-5803 
  • South Police District, 1030 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., 817-459-6640 
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