Prescription Drug and Syringe Disposal


Research shows that many people who become addicted to heroin and other opioids began their drug use by taking drugs from family members or by abusing painkillers they were prescribed. The Norwood Police Department urges residents to dispose of all prescription drugs as soon as the medication is no longer needed.

For your convenience, the Department maintains a drug disposal receptacle in the lobby at Police Headquarters. You can bring in your unused medications 24 hours a day, seven days per week. You don’t need an appointment, and no one will ask you any questions. It’s thateasy.

Our drug disposal receptacle was purchased with a grant from District Attorney Michael Morrissey.

Please check this list carefully

Prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, medications for
pets, ointments, lotions, liquid medications in glass or leak proof containers.

Not Accepted
Needles (sharps), thermometers, bloody or infectious waste, medications from
businesses or clinics, hydrogen peroxide, aerosol cans, inhalers.

Under Massachusetts law, syringes must be properly disposed of. Obtain a sharps container from the Norwood Health Department at Town Hall.

If you find a syringe on your property or in a public place, call the Norwood Police Department and an officer will be dispatched to retrieve and properly dispose of it.