Free medication take-back at locations throughout Placer County October 26

Published Oct. 24, 2019

A free medication take-back event will take place at locations across Placer County on Saturday, Oct. 26 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 in the western part of the county from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will accept prescription and over-the-counter drugs, controlled substances and veterinary medications at the following locations.

In addition, Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence and law enforcement partners will host an event in Truckee from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During last year’s countywide take-back event, more than 4,300 pounds of medications were collected for safe disposal and more than 70,000 pounds have been collected since the first take-back event in 2010.

Roseville (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Maidu Community Center
1550 Maidu Drive 

Roseville High School 
1 Tiger Way 

Sun City- Roseville 
7050 Del Webb Blvd. 

Loomis (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Del Oro High School
3301 Taylor Road

Granite Bay (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

 Granite Bay High School
1 Grizzly Way

Lincoln (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Lincoln Police Dept.
770 7th Street

Rocklin (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

 Rocklin Police Dept
4080 Rocklin Road

Rocklin Fire Station #3
2001 Wildcat Blvd.

Auburn (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

City Hall
1225 Lincoln Way

Justice Center, Placer County Government Center campus
2929 Richardson Drive

Colfax (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

 Placer County Sheriff’s Office Substation
10 Culver Street

North Lake Tahoe (9 a.m. - 1 p.m.)

Truckee Gateway Shopping Center 
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.

While vaping devices are gladly accepted at the take-back, vaping devices with lithium batteries will not be collected. Batteries need to be removed or cartridges can be brought without batteries.

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

“This is an important tool to help keep potentially dangerous prescription drugs and vaping devices out of the hands of teens, young children and even seniors who might misuse them or make mistakes,” said Christina Ivazes, a health educator with the Placer County’s Health and Human Services. “Proper disposal also protects our environment by keeping these substances out of the water supply.”

For questions about the event, residents are encouraged to call 916-258-2302.