Proper Disposal of Residential Pharmaceuticals



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 Public Works recommends that households dispose of expired and unwanted medications following the guidelines of the U.S. Office of National Drug Policy at:


The local office of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has prepared a "Prescription Drug (and Sharps) Collection Box Locations" brochure.  This brochure lists the known medication and sharps drop box locations throughout the County of San Diego.

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