Do you know what to do with your medication once it expires? If you’re like most people, you aren’t sure.

First of all, please don’t flush them. Whatever goes down the drain can have a negative impact on our water supply for years to come. You also shouldn’t throw them in the trash or leave them in your medicine cabinet, where they could fall into the wrong hands. Prescription drug abuse, especially opioids, is a serious issue in the United States.

Expired medication should always be properly disposed of. However, it can be very confusing to know how and where to get rid of it. There are a few places nearby regularly taking expired medication, but many people don’t know about them and they aren’t always be convenient.

Get Rid of Expired Medications this Saturday

This Saturday, April 29 from 10 am- 2 pm, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting the 13th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Drop-off expired medications at designated locations throughout San Jose, including community centers and police stations. They will accept pills and patches (no liquids). See the list here for locations in the San Jose/South Bay. You can also search by zip code on the DEA website to find the location nearest you.

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Look through your medicine cabinet, put the expired medications in a bag, and drop it off this Saturday!