Through a new Virginia Tech Police Department program, the campus community now has a safe, convenient, and environmentally-responsible way to dispose of unused medication with a new medication disposal kiosk.

Located in the Public Safety Building lobby, campus members can drop off their unused, unwanted, or expired prescription and over-the-counter medication in the red kiosk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Participants should first check in with the Security Desk straight through the double doors off the lobby for an officer who will open the unit and record the disposal.

Safe medication disposal decreases the potential for medication misuse. It also aids in inhibiting the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.

“The safety and health of the campus community is our number one priority and we’re proud to offer a responsible way to dispose of medications,” said Virginia Tech Police Chief Kevin Foust. “Safe disposal of medication is vital in preventing prescription drug abuse and keeping pharmaceuticals out of our waterways.”

Additional Information:

The unit is located in the lobby of the Public Safety Building at 330 Sterrett Drive and can be accessed Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants should first check in at the Security Desk for an officer who will then open the unit.

Before disposing, those taking advantage of the kiosk should scratch out all personal information on the empty medicine packaging to protect their identity and privacy, and then throw out the packaging.

Accepted Items:

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription patches
  • Prescription ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Pet medications

Restricted Items:

  • Needles
  • Inhalers
  • Thermometers
  • Aerosol cans
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Ointments, lotions or liquids
  • Illegal drugs