Medicine & Prescription Drugs

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Stockton and San Joaquin County residents can drop-off unused or unwanted medicines at these locations: Find a DEA-authorized disposal location.

If you have medication that you need to dispose of bring it to the next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Event on April 28 in Stockton. See the Events page for details.

How do you dispose of your unwanted medication?

San Joaquin County residents, take this very short survey to tell us what you prefer to make medication disposal easy:

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Don’t Flush Down the Toilet

Drugs dissolve when they are flushed down the toilet and can contaminate drinking water sources.


Always Scratch Out Personal Information

To protect your identity and privacy, scratch out any identifying information before disposing of empty or filled containers. Any empty bottles can be thrown in the trash.

Alternative Ways to Recycle


Give to a DEA-Authorized Collector

Some pharmacies and law enforcement offices are registered with the DEA as authorized drug collectors; you can drop-off unused or unwanted drugs at these locations. Find a DEA-authorized disposal location.

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Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program

Select Walgreens locations now have kiosks for safe medication disposal. Find a kiosk here.

Did You Know?

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications

Check out this fun video from Santa Clara County to see how easy it is to dispose of unwanted medications correctly, and why it’s so important.

Pharmaceuticals in U.S. Water Supply