Disposal of Medications

When you dispose of medications safely, it prevents accidental poisoning of children and pets, discourages misuse by others, protects the environment, and prevents overdoses and errors.

Disposal of Sharps:

  • Needles, syringes, and lancets cannot be disposed of in your regular household trash per California law.
  • Your Home Care Clinician can provide you with a sharps container for all your sharps disposal.
  • Sharps containers must be taken to state-approved sharps disposal locations.
  • Do not put sharp objects in any container that will be recycled or returned to the store.
  • Do not use glass containers.
  • Do not use containers the sharps can penetrate.
  • Do not recap needles.

Disposal of Medications:

  • Dispose of medications when you no longer need them.

  • Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers. Make sure you remove or cover up any personal information before tossing the containers.

  • Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.

  • Put mixture into a sealable bag or disposable container with a lid.

  • Throw this container in the trash.

  • Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet.
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