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, the Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA), along with Zero Waste Sonoma, local agencies, pharmacies and law enforcement offices to provide Safe Medicine Disposal Program locations in the Russian River Watershed.

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

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 by providing oversight for the implementation of the Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA). See website for more information.

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

Notes24-hour. Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

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 Station

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

NotesNo controlled substances.

Lark Drugs Guerneville

16251 Main St.
Guerneville, CA 95446

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

MedPro (Mail-Back Program)

NotesMail back programs

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 Station

6850 Laguna Park Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472

Notes24-hour. Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Sonoma County Water Agency

404 Aviation Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA

NotesProvides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off location.

Sonoma Police Station

175 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476

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

Sonoma Valley Hospital Emergency Dept. Lobby

347 Andrieux St.
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesProvides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off location.

Sonoma Vintage House

264 First St. E.
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesProvides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off location.

Waste Wise (Mail-Back Program)

NotesMail back program

WCM - (Waste & Compliance Management, Inc.)

NotesMail-back program, see website for details.

West County Health Center - Occidental

3802 Main St.
Occidental, CA

NotesProvides envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Not a drop-off 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 for disposal include:

  • 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 include:

  • Needles/sharps
  • Schedule I Controlled Substances (examples: heroin, LSD)
  • Cannabis
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products (body lotion, shampoo etc.) (Products can be disposed of through the Household Toxics programs.)
  • Aerosol cans (Products can be disposed of through the Household Toxics programs.)
  • Epi-pens
  • Thermometers or medical devices
  • Illegal drugs
  • Any other waste or medication not listed under “Items Accepted”

How to handle your medication that is ready for disposal:

Pills & Capsules

  • Remove all pills and capsules from containers and pour into a re-sealable plastic baggie.

Liquids, Ointments, Creams & Lotions

  • Black out personal information on label.
  • Leave liquid, lotion, ointment or cream in the original container.
  • Place container into a re-sealable plastic baggie and then into the medical waste collection bin.

Medication Patches & Sample Packets

  • Black out personal information on label.
  • Place blister packs containing pills or capsules directly into the collection bin.
  • Place patches directly into collection bin.