Pharmaceutical Drugs & Sharps Collection

The Wheeling Health Commission, conducts scheduled programs for the collection of outdated, no longer needed pharmaceutical drugs, as well as used sharps (i.e. medical needles/syringes).

Collection Details

Items may only be dropped off on these dates and times. Nothing may be dropped off prior to or after each collection date.
  • 10 a.m. to Noon
  • 3rd Saturday of each month
  • Wheeling Police Department
    1 Community Boulevard

Residency Requirements

These collections are only open to Village of Wheeling residents. A photo ID (i.e., State of Illinois drivers license, State of Illinois ID card, etc.) must be shown in order to drop off items for collection.
Map of sharps collection areas, including Wheeling Police Department, 2 Community Blvd. (Front)


  • Pharmaceuticals that can be collected should be in their original container.
  • No liquid pharmaceuticals can be collected - only solids (tablets, capsules, or powders) may be collected.
  • If there is personal information on the pharmaceutical container (ex. patient name), cross out only the personal information with a black marker or pen.
  • All sharps and/or syringes must be in a rigid, sealed container (ex. sharps container, coffee can, laundry detergent bottle, etc.). Loose sharps and/or syringes or those simply placed in a plastic bag or Ziploc bag will not be accepted.

Controlled Substances

Controlled substances are not allowed by the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to be collected as part of this program. Some common pharmaceuticals that can not be collected include:
  • Actiqu ® (fentanyl citrate)
  • Avinza ® Capsules (morphine sulfate)
  • Baraclude ® Tablets (entecavir)
  • Daytrana ® Transdermal Patch (methyphenidate)
  • Duragesic ® Transdermal System (fentanyl)
  • Fentora ® Tablets (fentanyl buccal)
  • Meperidine HCL Tablets
  • Oxycontin ® (oxycodone)
  • Percocet ® Tablets or Capsules (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
  • Reyataz ® Capsules (atazanavir sulfate)
  • Tequin ® Tablets (gatifloxacin)
  • Xyrem ® (sodium oxybate)
  • Zerit ® Oral Solution (stavudine)

More Substances

For a complete list of the controlled substances that cannot be collected as part of this program, please go to the Drug Enforcement Administration's Diversion Control webpage.