Free medication take back event across Placer County

Published Sept. 29, 2023

A free medication take-back event will take place at locations across Placer County on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Local law enforcement in collaboration with youth organizations, utilities, public health entities and local schools, will hold drop-offs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs, veterinary medications and more.

During last spring’s take-back event, 4,595 pounds of medication were dropped off, with over 100,000 pounds collected within Placer County at these events since 2010 – helping keep our kids and environment safer.

Did you know that you don’t have to wait for an event? You can keep unwanted and expired medications out of your cupboard and out of the wrong hands all year - click here to find a location near you


Roseville High School
1 Tiger Way

Sun City – Roseville
7050 Del Web Blvd. (by tennis courts)


Del Oro High School
3301 Taylor Road


Lincoln Police Dept.
770 7th Street


Rocklin Police Dept.
4080 Rocklin Road

Rocklin Fire Station #3
2001 Wildcat Blvd.


City Hall
1225 Lincoln Way

Justice Center, Placer County Government Center campus
2929 Richardson Drive


Safeway Parking Lot
11290 Donner Pass Road 

Do not remove pills from prescription bottles. Liquids can also be dropped off in original bottles. Personal information can be removed or crossed out with a permanent marker, but this is not mandatory. All bottles will be incinerated.

Unacceptable items include sharps, lancets, medical waste, illicit drugs, cannabis products, aerosols and hydrogen peroxide.

“Everyone can help keep potentially dangerous prescription drugs out of the hands of teens, young children and even seniors who might misuse them or make mistakes,” said Christina Ivazes, a Health and Human Services program coordinator. “Even if you can’t make it in October, there are now year-round drop-off locations to support our community.”

For questions about the event, residents are encouraged to call 916-258-2302. There are also a growing number of year-round medication drop-off sites at local pharmacies and other sites across the county. For more resources and to find a year-round drop-off site near you, visit

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