Don't Flush Your Meds
Check for Local Medication Disposal Locations
Check these resources to find a convenient disposal option near you!
California Drug Take-Back Program
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Check for local take back events
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.
Drug Enforcement Administration National Take Back Day. Check this site for additional information about take back events. Controlled substances are accepted.
Check Household Hazardous Waste Facilities
Several local HHW facilities also accept unused meds:
North Area Recovery Station
Controlled substances: see Federal Recommendations
City of Folsom
(916) 461-6730 – Free pickup available
Controlled substances: Folsom Police Department
City of Elk Grove
Special Waste Collection Center
(916) 478-2228 – Free disposal for Elk Grove residents
Controlled substances: Elk Grove Police Department
City of Sacramento
The City of Sacramento does not accept pharmaceuticals as a part of their Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program. However, as a resident of Sacramento County, you are eligible to dispose of your pharmaceuticals and other HHW at a County Facility. To review the list of acceptable materials at the City of Sacramento facility, visit the City of Sacramento’s HHW Program website.
City of Citrus Heights
City of Citrus Heights residents can take their unused or expired medications to the North Area Recovery Station — Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Center.
Yolo County Landfill
Free pickup available for seniors and disabled:
– West Sacramento: (916) 617-4590
– Yolo County: (530) 666-8856
Controlled substances: Local police station
Controlled Substance Information
Make sure you understand how to dispose of your controlled substances
Most Common Medications
Complete List by Chemical Name
Controlled Substances Disposal Guidelines
State Board of Pharmacy
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