Proper Prescription Drug Disposal

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Leftover prescription medications can pile up and getting rid of them can be tricky. Occasionally the Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a Prescription Drug Take-Back Day; the last happening on April 27 collected 371 tons of prescription drugs nationwide.

Until the next Take-Back Day happens here are some ways to dispose of prescription medications safely:
• Sacramento County has an option through their waste management facility. Go to their website for more information.
• Folsom’s HazMat Division also has a program. Click here for more information.
• Yolo County Landfill has free Pickup available for Seniors and Disabled of non-controlled substances. West Sacramento residents should call (916) 617-4590 and Yolo County residents are asked to call (530) 666-8856 for more information. If it’s a controlled substances that needs disposal contact the local police station.

Another alternative is to check with your local pharmacy for mail-back options.

For more information, contact the DEA at (800) 882-9539