Pharmaceuticals

Due to the passage of Senate Bill (SB) 212, California has an industry-run statewide stewardship program that provides safe and convenient disposal options for pharmaceutical and home-generated sharps waste at no cost to the consumer.

Where and How Do I Dispose of Pharmaceuticals?

Visit MedTakeBackCalifornia.org or call (844) 4-TAKE-BACK

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.

Related topics:

See Sharps/needles

Items accepted:

Items not accepted:

How to prepare:

How to use drop-off locations

  • Keep pills in their original containers or empty into a sealable plastic bag.
  • Black out personal information on labels.
  • Recycle empty pill containers at home.

How to use mail-back envelopes

Tips For Safe Disposal

  • To protect your privacy, residents are reminded to remove all personally identifiable information on medication labels or packaging before disposing of unwanted medicine.
  • Follow storage instructions as provided on medicine labels and on the information accompanying medicine.
  • Keep medicine in a secure location safely away from people or pets that might come in contact with it.
  • Do not place medicine in the trash or recycling, and never flush down the toilet.

A MED-Project drop-off location at a local pharmacy.

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Locations

Location pin DEA Drug Take Back Day

DateApril 27

DescriptionSonoma County police stations are participating in DEA Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 17th from 10a-2p! Bring your unused, expired and unwanted medications to recycle. Vape pens also accepted (batteries must be removed!)

NotesFree drop-off bin for pharmaceuticals and vape pens (batteries removed) at Cotati PD, Cloverdale PD, and Windsor PD

Location pin DEA Drug Take Back Day

DateOctober 26

DescriptionSonoma County police stations are participating in DEA Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 17th from 10a-2p! Bring your unused, expired and unwanted medications to recycle. Vape pens also accepted (batteries must be removed!)

NotesFree drop-off bin for pharmaceuticals and vape pens (batteries removed) at Cotati PD, Cloverdale PD, and Windsor PD

Location pin Cotati Police Department

203 W Sierra Ave
Cotati, CA 94931

NotesFree medication kiosk in lobby.

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Location pin Creekside Pharmacy

95 Montgomery Dr, Suite 108
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NotesPharmacy provides free mail-back envelopes for medicine disposal.

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Location pin CVS Pharmacy - Petaluma N. McDowell Blvd.

291 N. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at CVS Pharmacy.

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Location pin CVS Pharmacy - Santa Rosa Yulupa Ave.

2700 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at CVS Pharmacy.

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Location pin CVS Pharmacy - Sebastopol

6877 Sebastopol Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at CVS Pharmacy.

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Location pin CVS Pharmacy-Santa Rosa Mendocino Ave.

2075 Mendocino Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

NotesFree drop-off at medicine kiosk.

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Location pin Drug Takeback Solutions Foundation

NotesInmar operates the program on behalf of the Drug Takeback Solutions Foundation. Inmar provides materials for safe medicine disposal, upon request through their website.

Request mail-back materials

Location pin Household Hazardous Waste Facility (HHW Facility)

500 Mecham Rd
Petaluma, CA 94952

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

Location pin Kaiser - Mercury Way Pharmacy

2240 Mercury Way, 1st Floor
Santa Rosa, CA 95407

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop off inside pharmacy on the first floor.

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Location pin Kaiser - Rohnert Park Pharmacy 521

5900 State Farm Dr
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesFree medicine disposal kiosk at pharmacy.

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Location pin Kaiser - Santa Rosa Medical Office Building 4

3925 Old Redwood Hwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop off at pharmacy.

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Location pin Lark Drugs Guerneville

16251 Main St.
Guerneville, CA 95446

NotesFree medication drop-off kiosk in lobby.

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Location pin Med-Project

NotesMed-Project provides collection bins located across the county as well as materials for safe medication disposal, upon request through their website.

Order mail-back envelopes or find a collection bin.

Location pin Rite Aid - Healdsburg

525 Healdsburg Ave
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesFree medication drop-off kiosk at pharmacy.

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Location pin Rite Aid Sonoma

19205 Sonoma Hwy.
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

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Location pin Rite Aid-Santa Rosa Farmers Ln.

1551 Farmers Ln.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

NotesFree medicine disposal at pharmacy kiosk.

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Location pin Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety

500 City Center Dr.
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesFree drop-off kiosk for medications.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy - Guerneville

16405 CA-116
Guerneville, CA 95446

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy - Petaluma

389 S McDowell Blvd
Petaluma, CA 94954

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off kiosk at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy - Rohnert Park

6340 Commerce Blvd
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesFree medication drop-off kiosk at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy - Sebastopol

406 N. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off kiosk at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy - Windsor

9080 Brooks Rd S
Windsor, CA 95492

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off kiosk at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Calistoga Rd.

100 Calistoga Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop off at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Marlow Rd.

1799 Marlow Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off kiosk at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Mendocino Ave.

2300 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off kiosk at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Yulupa Ave.

2785 Yulupa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off kiosk at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Sonoma - Napa St.

477 W Napa St
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Safeway Pharmacy.

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Location pin Santa Rosa Police Department

965 Sonoma Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NotesFree take-back kiosk in the police station lobby.

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Location pin Sebastopol Family Pharmacy

652 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off kiosk inside pharmacy.

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Location pin Sebastopol Police Department

6850 Laguna Park Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesFree drop-off kiosk for medicines.

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Location pin Sonoma Police Department

175 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesFree drop-off kiosks for medicines.

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Location pin Student Health Center Pharmacy - Sonoma State University

1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesFree drop-off kiosk for medicine.

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