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Proper Disposal of Residential Pharmaceuticals

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 26.  Please select a language below to find a drop-off location near you:

Recent reports of drug compounds in the environment highlight the need for alternatives to flushing unwanted medication. The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) is developing model programs for the collection and disposal of home-generated pharmaceutical waste. Until an approved model has been developed, the Department of Environmental Health recommends that households dispose of expired and unwanted medications following the guidelines of the U.S. Office of National Drug Policy at: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/publications/pdf/prescrip_disposal.pdf

Additional Resources

San Diego County Sheriff's Department Prescription Drop Box Locations: www.sdsheriff.net/oxycontin/dropbox.html

California Integrated Waste Management Board: www.calrecycle.ca.gov/HomeHazWaste/Medications

More information on local disposal options:  www.wastefreesd.org