How to Dispose of Drugs Safely

Importance of Disposing of Drugs

Do you have expired prescription drugs in your home? Do you have unwanted prescription drugs in your home? Have you found drugs, legal or illegal, in your home? It is important to remove drugs from your home to prevent accidental or intentional misuse of the unneeded or found drugs. It is important that drugs are disposed of properly.

Local law enforcement agencies have designated locations where people can dispose of drugs. If this is not a feasible option and you need to dispose of drugs immediately, the FDA has established a list of high-risk drugs that can be flushed in the toilet as a last resort. Finding drugs in your home can be extremely concerning. Disposing of the drugs properly is just the first step. The real issue needs to be addressed. If you have found drugs in your home, a loved one may be suffering from addiction. If you suspect someone you love may be addicted to drugs seek help immediately.

“Safe Drug Drop-Off” Programs

The safest and most effective way to dispose of drugs safely are at designated medicine take-back locations. Local law enforcement agencies often have designated locations where you can dispose of drugs. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department worked with Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and Public Works to provide the “Safe Drug Drop-Off” Program. There are 20 Safe Drug Drop-Off Sheriff Station locations in the Los Angeles area where you can anonymously surrender any unused or expired medications, illegal drugs and syringes. This is the safest and best method to dispose of drugs. If you have found drugs in your home, please check the list below of safe drug drop-off locations and find the one closest to your home.

“Safe Drug Drop-Off” Locations:

Carson: 21356 S Avalon Blvd., Carson 90745
Century: 11703 S. Alameda St., Lynwood 90262
Compton: 301 S. Willowbrook Ave., Compton 90221
Crescenta Valley: 4554 N. Briggs Ave., La Crescenta 91214
East Los Angeles: 5019 E. Third Street, Los Angeles 90022
Industry: 150 N. Hudson Ave., Industry 91744
Lakewood: 5130 N. Clark Ave., Lakewood 90712
Lancaster: 501 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster93534
Lomita: 26123 S. Narbonne Ave., Lomita90717
Malibu/Lost Hills: 27050 Agoura Hills Rd., Calabasas 91301
Marina Del Rey: 13851 Fiji Way, Marina Del Rey 90292
Norwalk: 12335 Civic Center Dr., Norwalk 90650
Palmdale: 750 Avenue Q, Palmdale 93550
Pico Rivera: 6631 Passons Blvd., Pico Rivera 90660
San Dimas: 270 S. Walnut Ave., San Dimas 91773
Santa Clarita: 23740 W. Magic Mountain Pkwy., Valencia 91355
South Los Angeles: 1310 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles 90044
Temple: 8838 E. Las Tunas Dr., Temple City 91780
Walnut: 21695 E. Valley Blvd., Walnut 91789
West Hollywood: 780 N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood 90069

Drugs Approved For Disposal by Flushing (As a Last Resort):

Flushing drugs is not an environmentally protective means of disposal but can be used as a last resort. It is understandable that someone would want to dispose of drugs found in their home as quickly as possible. If disposal at a drop location is unavailable or you need to dispose of drugs immediately the FDA has approved a list of drugs, with a high risk if ingested that can be flushed as a last resort.

The list is not all-inclusive but contains medications commonly abused.


Concerned About a Loved One?

It is important to dispose of both legal and illegal drugs properly. Expired medication, unwanted prescriptions, legal and illegal drugs can all be disposed of at safe drug drop-off locations. If this isn’t a feasible option and the drugs need to be disposed of immediately, please check the FDA approved list for flushing drugs as a last resort. If you are missing prescribed medications, have found drugs in your home and are concerned about a loved one Clear Recovery Center can help. Drug and alcohol addiction is a serious issue. Give us a call at (877)799-1985 or simply click on the banner below.

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