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Pharmaceuticals

Are unused and expired medications filling up your medicine cabinet?
Studies show that pharmaceuticals in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by wastewater treatment plants. Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals can help protect the environment.

To address this issue, Safe Medicine Disposal Program is a partnership between local agencies, pharmacies, and law enforcement offices to safely dispose of unwanted medications, prevent overdoses, and protect the environment.

Scroll to the bottom to find items that are accepted and handling instructions.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Days
Dispose of medications, including controlled substances, at special one-day collection events sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Visit DEA Take Back Day for more information.

Resources for pharmaceuticals:

California Department of Public Health

California Department of Public Health List of Registered Medical Waste Transporters



Hours listed on this page may change without notice.

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  • Board Meetings
  • Conferences and Workshops
  • E-Waste
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Other
  • Outreach
  • Disposal Site

Locations

California Department of Public Health

1616 Capitol Avenue, MS 7405
Sacramento, CA 95899

NotesRegulates the generation, handling, storage, treatment, and disposal of medical waste.

Cloverdale Pharmacy

790 S. Cloverdale Blvd.
Cloverdale, CA 95425

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Cotati Police Department

203 W Sierra Ave
Cotati, CA 94931

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Cotati Police Station (Safe Medicine Disposal Program)

203 W Sierra Ave
Cotati, CA 94931

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Healdsburg District Hospital

1375 University St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Healdsburg Police Department

238 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Health First! Pharmacy

9091 Windsor Rd.
Windsor, CA 95492

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Household Hazardous Waste Facility

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Lark Drugs Guerneville

16251 Main St.
Guerneville, CA 95446

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications during store hours. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

MedPro

NotesMail-back and fee: visit website for instructions.

Petaluma Police Department

969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Public Safety Building - Rohnert Park

500 City Center Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Santa Rosa Police Department

965 Sonoma Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Sebastopol Police Department

6850 Laguna Park Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Sonoma Police Department

175 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Sonoma Valley Hospital

347 Andrieux St.
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesMail-back: provides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off location. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location

Sonoma Vintage House

264 First St. E.
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesMail-back: provides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off location. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Sonoma Water

404 Aviation Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA

NotesMail-back: provides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off location. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location

WCM - (Waste & Compliance Management, Inc.)

NotesMail-back program, see website for details.

West County Health Center

3802 Main St.
Occidental, CA

NotesMail-back: provides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off location. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location

Windsor Police Department

9291 Old Redwood Hwy
300
Windsor, CA 95492

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

XMED Disposal, Inc.

NotesXMed Disposal Inc. is now part of Stericycle offering both medical waste mailback kits and office pick-up services. See website for details.

Items accepted:

Safe Medicine Disposal Program

  • Safe Medicine Disposal Program:Controlled Substances, Schedule II-V. For a list of controlled substances, visit the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Prescription and over-the-counter pills and capsules
  • Liquid medications, including ointments, lotions and creams (in sealed containers please!)
  • Veterinary medications
  • Vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies
  • Medical patches
  • Inhalers
  • Medical samples

Items not accepted:

Safe Medicine Disposal Program

  • Needles/sharps/EPIPENS
  • Schedule I Controlled Substances (examples: heroin, LSD)
  • Cannabis (medical or recreational)
  • Illegal drugs
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products (body lotion, shampoo etc.) (Products can be disposed of through the Household Hazardous Waste programs.)
  • Aerosol cans (Products can be disposed of through the Household Hazardous Waste programs.
  • Thermometers or medical devices

How to prepare:

How to use drop-off locations

  • Remove pills from containers and pour into a re-sealable plastic bag.
  • Black out personal information on labels.
  • Recycle empty pill containers at home.

How To Use The Mail-Back Envelopes

  • Pick up a free mail-back envelope at participating locations.
  • Fill the envelope with up to 8oz of pharmaceutical waste.
  • Take sealed envelope to any United States Postal Service mailbox.