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City of Pismo Beach
760 Mattie Road
Pismo Beach, CA 93449
Ph: (805) 773-4657
Operation Medicine Cabinet
In a response to a growing demand for a safe, convenient, way to dispose of household medications, the Pismo Beach Police Department in conjunction with all county law enforcement agencies and the San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority (IMWA) have teamed up to install a secured drop boxes in front of the police station.  Residents can bring all types of unwanted medications, including prescription and over the counter drugs for FREE disposal.

Why is it Important to Get Rid of Unwanted Medications?
  • Teenagers and young adults are abusing medications—some taken right from their parents’ or grandparents’ medicine cabinets at an alarming rate.
  • Young children and pets accidentally ingest medications found around the home, leading to potential poisoning or overdose.
  • Seniors can mistakenly mix incompatible medications or take expired drugs that may be harmful to them.

Why Should We Avoid Flushing Medications or Throwing Them in the Trash?

  • Wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove medications, so these materials pass untreated into our water system.  Researchers have detected trace elements of medications in numerous water bodies nationwide.
  • Medications thrown in the trash are susceptible to retrieval by individuals and pets either at your home or in landfills. When sent to the landfill, these medications cannot only be retrieved but can potentially enter the environment. 
The Following Items Can Be Deposited in the Medication Drop Boxes
  • Over-the-counter
  • Prescription
  • Medications
  • Medication Samples
  • Medications for Household Pets
  • Medicated Lotions or Ointments

The Following Items Are NOT Accepted
  • No Needles or Sharps (Return to Pharmacy)
  • No Hazardous Waste
  • Personal Care Products (Non-Medicated Shampoo, Soap, Perfume, etc.)
  • No Trash
  • No Mail
  • No Lost and Found Materials
  • No Empty Containers
  • No Pharmaceuticals from Business/Professionals

Please keep Medications in their original containers and remove or search out all personal information, including name, address, and phone number. NOTE:  This program is for household medications only.  Medical professionals are not eligible.

For any additional questions regarding this program contact Commander Jake Miller at the Pismo Beach Police Department @ 773-7095.