SHARPS & Prescription Medication Disposal

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SHARPS Disposal:
The City of Dana Point has a FREE Sharps return program for residents who need to legally dispose of needles, lancets, and other “sharps.” Sharps Disposal by Mail kits are available to Dana Point residents at the RITE AID located at 24829 Del Prado, Dana Point, CA 92629 and the CVS Pharmacy located at 32900 Pacific Coast Highway, Dana Point, CA 92629. These kits provide legal users of sharps products a tamper-proof container that can be sent away in the mail once the container is full. Proof of Dana Point residency is required. The first kit is FREE and additional kits require a $5 co-pay. For more information, call 949-248-3571, visit your participating pharmacy, or view the Sharps return program flyer (PDF).
Sharps will also be picked up free of charge by CR&R though CR&R's HHW Curbside Pick-Up Program.
MedsPrescription Medications Disposal:

Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed, it's important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others.  Several disposal options and instructions are listed below to consider when disposing of expired, unwanted, or unused medicines.


•Dana Point Police Services has implemented a Safe Medication Drop-Off box which will allow the community to safely dispose of unwanted,unused and expired prescription medication (controlled and non-controlled medication) and over-the-counter (OTC) medication.  The Safe Medication Drop-Off box is safe, free and anonymous and is available for both Dana Point residents and non-residents.  If you are bringing a large quantity of medications, we suggest that you call first, 949-248-3531, to make sure that there is adequate capacity in the designated container. We cannot accept any medications once the container is full, as special handling and disposal procedures must be implemented.

The drop-off box is located in the lobby at Dana Point Police Services:  33282 Golden Lantern, Suite 140, Dana Point.  The drop-off box is available Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

No syringes, illicit drugs, medical waste or hazardous waste.  These items will NOT be accepted.  For more information, please call (949) 248-3531.


  • All CVS and Walgreens locations offer Take-Away medication disposal envelopes as a convenient, affordable solution to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications, through the U.S. Postal Service, to a licensed and secure facility for safe destruction.  The postage-paid envelopes cost from $2.99 to $3.99.  Please visit any CVS or Walgreens locations for additional information.
  • Sea View Pharmacy, located at 665 Camino de Los Mares #101 in San Clemente offers a medication take-back program in which the community is welcome to drop off unused or expired medication at the pharmacy counter.  This service is free of charge to the community.  Please note:  Only over-the-counter and prescription medications are accepted.  No controlled substances or SHARPS containers. 
  • Residents may also dispose of expired or unused prescription medications by taking them to the Household Hazardous Waste Facility at the Orange County Landfill in San Juan Capistrano located at 32250 La Pata Avenue, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675. From the 5 Freeway, exit Ortega Highway, go east to La Pata, and turn right. Take La Pata to the landfill entrance. The facility will only accept medications in their original containers. The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and will accept these items for free.

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