Medicine & Prescription Drugs

Alternative ways to recycle
Hazardous Waste

Many types of medicine and prescription drugs are accepted by the HAZ-DROP program.

To dispose of narcotics and controlled substances, please contact the Clearlake Police Department or the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.

Clearlake Police Department 
14050 Olympic Drive, Clearlake | (707) 994-8251
Map & Directions

Lake County Sheriff’s Office
1220 Martin Stret, Lakeport | (707) 263-2690
Map & Directions


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.


National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Each April and October the DEA hosts a nationwide drug take back day. Find a drop off location and the date of the next take back day.

Did You Know?

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - English Video

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - Spanish Video