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Disposal Instructions

Proper disposal of unwanted medications helps protect the environment, your family, and your community. If you have expired, unused, or unwanted household medications, please take them to one of the locations below:

1. Take your medications to a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Stations on a monthly Take-Back event day.  Unused or expired prescription medications, over the counter medications, and controlled substances are accepted at the event. Take your sharps and needles to a drop-off box located at Los Angeles County Sheriff's Stations. The boxes are available for drop-off 24 hours, 7 days a week.  The collection is anonymous and no questions are asked.

2. Drop off your medications at household hazardous waste collection centers/events. Contact your city or county to find one near you. Click here for locations in Los Angeles County. Please note that no controlled substances are allowed.

3. Return your medications to a pharmacy near you. Some pharmacies and other locations offer take-back and/or mail-back programs. Click here to find a location near you.

Los Angeles County is proposing an ordinance to provide additional disposal locations and take-back programs. Other counties and states are also considering or have established ordinances and policies. Learn more on the Further Information page.


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Medications in The Environment Disposal Instructions Further Info

In case of overdose or accidental poisoning, call the poison center at
1-800- 222-1222
24 hours/day