HOW & WHERE TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS
Never Flush or Drain!
Unused or expired prescription medications should never be flushed or poured down the drain. These potentially dangerous pharmaceutical substances can contribute to contamination of our water supply if not disposed of properly.
Drug Take Back Locations
To find a Drug Take Back location near you, use this interactive map.
How to Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs
Programs and Drug Take Back Day
Whenever possible, take your unused prescription drugs to a collection program or event – the Georgia Department of Law’s DRUG TAKE BACK Days happen, at minimum, in the spring and fall of each year; however you may safely dispose of controlled and uncontrolled substances, over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, creams, non-aerosol sprays, vials, and pet medications year-round in Georgia.
Local Police Departments/Sheriff’s Offices
The Council on Alcohol and Drugs has been working alongside local police departments and sheriff’s offices to place Drug Take Back Boxes in every county in Georgia. To date, we have boxes in 154 counties. If your prescriptions contain narcotics or other controlled substances, contact your local police department or sheriff’s office to find out if the police will accept them. Some police departments or sheriff’s offices will accept non-controlled substances too, but you should be sure exactly what yours will accept before dropping off items.