Drug Takeback - California

What to do with Leftover Medicines


Follow the links below to find locations for leftover medication take-back in your state. Those with the most information are listed first.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a police station/law enforcement facility.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a pharmacy.



CalRecycle hosts information on hundreds of collection sites across the state for both leftover medications and medical sharps (syringes, pen needles, lancets, etc.) - as well as other products. To find a collection location near you, enter your geographical region/county, select "sharps and/or medication," and then select "home-generated pharmaceuticals" at the top right-hand corner. California's Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery coordinates the state's recycling and waste management programs and provides stewardship information for residents and businesses.

Earth 911

Earth911.com is a website dedicated to providing resources for those who want to reduce the amount of waste they generate. Earth 911 operates a recycling site locator that allows residents to search for medication take-back programs within 25 miles of their zip code. Look for the "Recycling Locator” section near the middle of the webpage, and then enter your zip code.

DEA Collection Location Search Tool

By entering your zip code in the search field of this federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) search tool, you can find all authorized collector locations (chain and independent retail pharmacies, hospitals and clinics with on-site pharmacies, etc.) that can collect controlled substances. 


  • Law enforcement locations (e.g., police departments, sheriff offices) are not included in this search.
  • Pharmacies and other authorized locations collecting only non-controlled substances may not be included in this search. 


AWARxE’s Drug Disposal Locator Tool lists law enforcement locations that host permanent drug take-back receptacles. AWARxE is an online resource run by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation that provides information about medicine safety, prescription drug abuse, medication disposal, and safe purchase of medications online.


After identifying nearby drug take-back programs using any of the tools above, residents should contact their local collection site before visiting to confirm its drug take-back program is active and for hours of operation. 

If you are aware of another drug take-back location search tool or resource that is not included on this page, please email suzy@productstewardship.us.




Stay Informed,

Stay Safe!


Click on the image below to download our leftover medicine fact sheet.

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