Stop medication waste. Save lives.

With millions of Americans unable to afford their prescriptions each year, how can we let perfectly good medicine go unused? Up to $11 billion in unopened, unexpired medicine gets destroyed each year. With your help, we can turn that waste into life-saving care for people who need it.

Why donate?

It’s simple, really. 50 million people in the United States skip medication due to cost. Medication destruction costs $1-$3 per pound. And 70% of waterways are contaminated with pharmaceutical runoff. Your donations can make a real, lasting impact on our communities and on our planet.

How It Works

Register

Answer a few simple questions and sign our agreement to donate medicine if you’re an organization.

Box up your donation

Place medications in a box, and we’ll take care of shipping and logistics.

Make an impact

We’ll make sure your medicine makes it to where it’s needed most through our multi-state network of community clinics and pharmacies.

Stay confidently compliant

We provide a full record of the donation, along with the impact it had on the community.

Get Started

Not an organization listed below? We can probably still help! Get in touch to find out.

Eligibility

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FAQs

Getting Started

SIRUM can help most organizations or individuals donate medicine, as long as you are eligible per state policy. To understand your eligibility or join a waitlist, visit sirum.org.

Contact us, we can probably still help!

Yes, individuals in most states can donate medicine via SIRUM. We do not currently accept donations from individuals in California, Oregon, Alaska, or Hawaii.

Donating unopened, unexpired, non-controlled, and high-demand medicine is free for organizations; SIRUM covers the cost of shipping. If you would like to donate all your unexpired, unopened, non-controlled medication without sorting (like single-stream recycling), you can pay a small fee to help cover costs.

Medication not labeled for use in the U.S. is not eligible for donation.

How It Works

You can donate medication that is unexpired, sealed/unopened, non-controlled, and non-refrigerated. Prescription medication, over-the-counter medication, and supplements are all eligible for donation.

We encourage organizations to donate medicine that is on our high demand list, which varies by recipient. Pre-sorted donations from organizations are completely free to donate; otherwise, you can donate all your surplus medication and pay a small fee to help cover costs.

Expired medication is not eligible for donation. We ask individuals to ensure their medication is 5+ months away from expiration. For organizations donating, most donations need to be 6+ months from expiration.

You can donate inhalers, as long as they are unopened or have an inner seal. Foil-wrapped inhalers are acceptable, even if the outer box is opened.

Yes, you can donate self-injectable medications such as epi-pens or other pre-filled syringes if they are unexpired, sealed/unopened, non-controlled, and non-refrigerated.

No, IV medications are not eligible for donation.

Yes, you can donate liquid medication if it is unexpired, sealed/unopened, non-controlled, and non-refrigerated.

No, medical supplies are not eligible for donation.

Compliance

Yes. Donating medicine is legal. SIRUM works under each state’s Good Samaritan Laws for Drug Donation. We are the nation’s leading expert on drug donation laws and regulations.

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