Prescription Drug Take Back Locations

​Get rid of your prescription drugs and sharps properly!

Safe disposal can:

  • Prevent the accidental or intentional misuse of unwanted medications
  • Prevent negative and toxic effects on our environment
  • Protect other from contracting diseases and other adverse effects of needle sticks

Prescription Drug Disposal

There are several ways to dispose of expired, unwanted, or unused medications. Drug take back programs are the preferred method. Find a drop-off site near you at Don't Rush to Flush.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Days are held twice a year in April and October.  Click on the link for the date and time of the next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  

Sharps Disposal

State law (H&SC §118286) makes it illegal to dispose of home-generated sharps waste (hypodermic needles, pen needles, intravenous needles, lancets, and other devices that are used to penetrate the skin for the delivery of medications) in the trash or recycling containers, and requires that all sharps waste be transported to a collection center in a sharps container approved by the local enforcement agency.

Dispose of your sharps through Sacramento County Waste Management and Recycling or Cal Recycle.