Medication and Hazardous Waste Disposal

Drug Take Back Initiatives

You can make a difference in prescription drug misuse and abuse by participating in a community drug take back program!  By ridding your home of expired and unused medications, these substances are no longer available for individuals to abuse.  Proper drug disposal also protects our environment.

Listed below are drug take back programs that are available in New Mexico. If you are unable to access a community disposal program, find out how you can safely dispose of medications at home.

  • The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holds a drug-take back program twice a year in the spring and fall.    
  • Some Albuquerque Police Departments accept old and unused medications. Visit the City of Albuquerque Web site to view APD drop off sites.
  • The New Mexico Department of Public Safety in Albuquerque has installed permanent repositories at 6301 Indian School NE, suite 310. The public may discard unused and expired medications anytime between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Household Hazardous Waste

The Household Hazardous Waste Center located at 6137 Edith N.E. in Albuquerque accepts toxic cleaners and etc. from Albuquerque and / or Bernalillo County residents. For more information, including hours of operation, visit their Web site. New Mexican residents living outside Bernalillo County should check with their residing county for waste disposal information.