Rhode Island Resource Directory

A Guide to Services Associated with RI 2-1-1

Drug Repository Prescription Assistance Programs

Code: LH-6700.1800

Programs authorized by state legislation that accept unused or discontinued prescription drugs and redistribute the medication to individuals who meet eligibility criteria. While details of the laws vary by jurisdiction, most permit the return of prescription drugs in single use or sealed packaging from state programs, nursing homes and other medical facilities. Some allow donations by individuals or their families. Virtually all laws include some restrictions designed to assure purity, safety and freshness of the products. Most programs exclude donation and redistribution of controlled substances or drugs that have expired; and require that a state-licensed pharmacist or pharmacy be part of the verification and distribution process. Patients who receive a drug must have a valid prescription in their own name. Drug repository programs are not available in all states.

See Also:

Medication Disposal (TE-8920.7200-550)

Prescription Drug Lock Boxes (LH-6700.6285)