Drug Take-back - California

What to do with Leftover Medicines


Follow the links below to find locations and guidance for safe drug take-back and disposal options in your state.

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.



Follow the links below to find locations and guidance for safe drug take-back and disposal and options nationally.

DEA Collection Location Search Tool

Enter your zip code into this federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) search tool to find locations that collect controlled substances (including retail pharmacies, hospitals and clinics with on-site pharmacies, etc.).


- Police departments and other law enforcement locations  are not included in this search.

- Pharmacies and other authorized locations that collect only non-controlled substances might not be included in this search.



Run by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) Foundation, this resource provides information about medicine safety and disposal, prescription drug abuse, permanent drug disposal locations, and more.  



Enter your zip code into the National Community Pharmacists Association’s (NCPA’s) tool to find pharmacy-based drug take-back locations nationwide.


Rx Drug Drop Box

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators’ (NADDI’s) map-based search tool lists drug take-back locations at law enforcement agencies.


Walgreens Pharmacy Kiosk Program

Use this locator to find safe medication disposal kiosks in Walgreens pharmacy locations. Kiosks are available during regular pharmacy hours.


NOTE: Always contact a collection site prior to 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 megan@productstewardship.us.




Stay Informed,

Stay Safe!


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