Unwanted Medication

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Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash is not advisable, as both pose potential safety and health hazards.  Ideally, all medication would be disposed of in the most environmentally safe manner, which is through a venue which will ultimately incinerate the drugs.

Where Can I Safely Dispose of Unwanted Medication?

Several Manhattan Beach pharmacies will accept unused pharmaceuticals from patients who have purchased the medication from them including Hillside Pharmacy, CVS, and Target, or ask your physician if they will take your unwanted medications for safe disposal.

The City of Manhattan Beach also offers several convenient disposal options:

Hyperion Treatment Plant SAFE Collection Center
7660 West Imperial Highway, Gate B
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293
Operating Hours: Saturday and Sunday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
For information, please call (800) 98-TOXIC or (800) 988-6942

Unwanted medication can be taken to a secure drop box in the Manhattan Beach Police Department lobby located at 420 15th Street.

Medications brought for disposal must be:

  • In the original container with the name of the medicine visible
  • In a container that is not leaking and is capable of being sealed
  • All patient information has either been removed or obscured
  • PLEASE NOTE: We cannot accept syringes/sharps (Tips on Disposing of Sharps

    The Police Department, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, also holds Drug Take Back Events twice yearly, typically in April and October.

    Please visit the Public Works website for information about properly disposing of other Household Hazardous Waste.