Pharmaceuticals

There are a number of free residential pharmaceutical programs operating in Sonoma County:

The 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.

The California Drug Take-Back Program is funded by California Department of Health Care Services' MAT Expansion Project and developed and administered in partnership with the California Product Stewardship Council.

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:

  • 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
  • Pet medicine

Items not accepted:

  • 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 mail-back envelopes

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

Location pin Cloverdale Police Department

112 Broad St
Cloverdale, CA 95425

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

Location pin Cotati Police Department

203 W Sierra Ave
Cotati, CA 94931

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

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin CVS Pharmacy - Petaluma N. McDowell Blvd.

291 N. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at CVS Pharmacy.

Med-Project.org

Location pin CVS Pharmacy - Santa Rosa Stony Point Rd.

463 Stony Point Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at CVS Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin CVS Pharmacy - Santa Rosa Yulupa Ave.

2700 Yulupa Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at CVS Pharmacy.

Med-Project.org

Location pin CVS Pharmacy - Sebastopol

6877 Sebastopol Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at CVS Pharmacy.

Visit Med-Project.org website

Location pin Healdsburg District Hospital

1375 University St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Medication has to be placed in plastic bags.Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin Healdsburg District Hospital

1375 University St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

Location pin Healdsburg Police Department

238 Center St.
Healdsburg, CA 95448

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

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin Health First! Pharmacy

9091 Windsor Rd.
Windsor, CA 95492

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

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

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.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Kaiser - Santa Rosa Medical Office Building 4

3925 Old Redwood Hwy
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop off at pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin 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.

Visit Med-Project.org website

Location pin Lucky Pharmacy - Petaluma

939 Lakeville Hwy.
Petaluma, CA 94954

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Lucky Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Lucky Pharmacy - Santa Rosa Montgomery Village

915 Village Ct.
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Petaluma Police Department

969 Petaluma Blvd N
Petaluma, CA 94952

NotesDrop-off or Mail-back: Drop-off unwanted prescriptions or pick-up envelopes for mailing pharmaceuticals. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin 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.

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin Rite Aid Sonoma

19205 Sonoma Hwy.
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Rite Aid Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Safeway - Sebastopol

406 N. Main St.
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Safeway Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Safeway Guerneville

16405 CA-116
Guerneville, CA 95446

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Safeway Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Healdsburg

1115 Vine St
Healdsburg, CA 95448

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. California Drug Take-Back Program location.

Visit California Drug Take-Back Program website

Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Rohnert Park

6340 Commerce Blvd
Rohnert Park, CA 94928

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. California Drug Take-Back Program location.

Visit California Drug Take-Back Program website

Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Calistoga Rd.

100 Calistoga Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95409

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop off at Safeway Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Marlow Rd.

1799 Marlow Rd
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. California Drug Take-Back Program location.

Visit California Drug Take-Back Program website

Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Mendocino Ave.

2300 Mendocino Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. California Drug Take-Back Program location.

Visit California Drug Take-Back Program website

Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Santa Rosa - Yulupa Ave.

2785 Yulupa Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95405

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. California Drug Take-Back Program location.

Visit California Drug Take-Back Program website

Location pin Safeway Pharmacy Windsor

9080 Brooks Rd S
Windsor, CA 95492

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. California Drug Take-Back Program location.

Visit California Drug Take-Back Program website

Location pin Safeway Sonoma Napa St.

477 W Napa St
Sonoma, CA 95476

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Safeway Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Safeway- Petaluma

389 S. McDowell Blvd.
Petaluma, CA 94954

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off at Safeway Pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin 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.

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin Santa Rosa Police Department

965 Sonoma Ave.
Santa Rosa, CA 95404

NotesThis location accepts medication as part of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 30th, 10am-2pm

https://www.dea.gov/takebackday

Location pin Sebastopol Family Pharmacy

NotesFree pharmaceutical drop-off inside pharmacy.

https://calrecycle.ca.gov/epr/pharmasharps/programlists/

Location pin Sebastopol Police Department

6850 Laguna Park Way
Sebastopol, CA 95472

NotesDrop-off: unwanted prescription . Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin Sonoma Police Department

175 1st St W
Sonoma, CA 95476

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

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin 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

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin 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.

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin 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

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website

Location pin 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.

Visit Safe Medicine Disposal Program website