San Jose and surrounding areas will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a free service to safely discard of expired, unused, or unwanted prescriptions. On Saturday, April 26, from 10 am to 2 pm, you can turn in expired, unused, or unwanted prescriptions at Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center or at participating police departments:
- San Jose
- Santa Clara
- Los Gatos
- Mountain View
Check the DEA site for locations in other cities/states.
According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, last year "Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills."
If you miss the April 26 event and have prescription medications that you need to dispose of, there are several places to do so in the San Jose area throughout the year. The Santa Clara County Department of Environmental Health accepts prescription and over-the-counter medications at Sheriff departments and at Valley Health Center locations including Gilroy, San Martin, San Jose, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, and Cupertino.
If you have expired or unneeded medications, it is important to dispose of them properly so that they are not used by children or other people. Also, it is important to not flush the medications down the toilet as the medications are completely removed when passing through waste water treatment plants.