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Prescription Medication

Prescription Medication

Prescription Medication
No Drugs Down the Drain
How to Dispose of Unused or Expired Medication
Do not flush unused, unwanted, and expired medications down the toilet or put them in drains.

How should I dispose of my medications?

  1. Take your unused medications to a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center or Event; or
  2. Drop off your unused medications at a designated Sheriff's station.
  3. Put your unused medications in a sturdy, securely sealed container, then in a trash can where children and animals can't reach them.
Benefits to you

The drop-off events are free of charge.  They are located throughout the County of Los Angeles.  To view a schedule of events, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event Schedule.

You can also bring them to the Antelope Valley Environmental Collection Center or any of the permanent centers operated by the City of Los Angeles.

What are medications, pharmaceuticals, and drugs?
  • Prescription drugs such as hormones (birth control pills, estrogen replacement drugs, etc.)
  • Over-the-counter medications such as pain relievers (aspirin, ibuprofen, etc.) and cold/flu remedies
  • Antiseptics (germ killing liquids)
  • Veterinary medicines
Medications in the Environment: What happens when I flush unused medications down the toilet or put them in the drain?
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