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Medicine and Prescription Drugs

Disposal Options:

Special Instructions:

  • Needles and other sharps – must be packaged in approved sharps containers made with puncture and leak-resistant plastic. Find out more.
  • Pills should be poured out into Ziploc bags (it protects your privacy and lowers disposal costs). It's ok to mix all your pills in one bag. 
  • Liquids and creams: leave in their original container and secure caps/lids, black out any personally identifying information and place in a Ziploc bag.
  • Keep medicine in the passenger compartment separate from other waste ready to hand out the window at the HHW facility.

Controlled Substances:

Prescription controlled substances are drugs that have a high potential for abuse and may lead to physical or psychological dependence. Due to legal restrictions the HHW facilities and many other drop off locations CANNOT ACCEPT CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES. Check the table below for locations that accept controlled substances.

Controlled Substances Include:

  • Narcotic pain medications such as Vicodin, Oxycontin, and Codeine.
  • Sleeping pills such as Valium, Lunesta, and Ambien.
  • ADD/ADHS drugs such as Concerta, and Adderall.
  • Antidepressants such as Zoloft.
  • Cough syrups with Codeine.

For a complete listing of controlled substances:

Download the HHW Medicine Disposal flyer


Locations that Accept Controlled and Non-Controlled Medicine

Name City Address
Haller's Pharmacy Newark 6170 Thornton Blvd.
Newark Police Department Newark 37101 Newark Blvd.
Jade Pharmacy Fremont 34460 Fremont Blvd. Suite B
Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply Fremont 37323 Fremont Blvd.
Kaiser Pharmacy Fremont 39400 Paseo Padre Parkway
Mowry Medical Pharmacy Fremont 1999 Mowry Ave. Suite 2A
Capsule Pharmacy Fremont 2557 Mowry Ave. Suite 11
Kaiser Pharmacy Union City 3553 Whipple Rd.
Teds Drugs Hayward 27453 Hesperian Blvd.
Tennyson Pharmacy Hayward 589 W Tennyson Rd.
Mission Pharmacy Hayward 22138 Mission Blvd.
Pleasanton Police Department Pleasanton 4833 Bernal Ave.
Kaiser Pharmacy Pleasanton 7601 Stoneridge Dr.
Dublin Police Department Dublin 100 Civic Plaza
Kaiser Pharmacy Livermore 3000 Las Positas Rd.
Walgreens San Leandro 15500 Washington Ave.
Alameda County Sheriff's Eden Substation San Leandro 15000 Foothill Blvd.
San Leandro Hospital San Leandro 13855 E. 14th St.
New Oakland Pharmacy #1 Oakland 333 9th St.
Highland Hospital Oakland 1411 E. 31st St.
New Oakland Pharmacy Lake Merritt Oakland 250 E 18th St. 3rd floor
New Oakland Pharmacy #2 Oakland 388 9th St. Suite 108
Wellspring Pharmacy Oakland 4184C Piedmont Ave.
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3801 Howe St. 1st floor
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3505 Broadway
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3701 Broadway 1st floor
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3600 Broadway, 1st floor
Vitacare Pharmacy Oakland 2447 Telegraph Ave.
Piedmont Police Department Piedmont 403 Highland Ave.
Alameda Hospital Alameda 2070 Clinton Ave.
Alameda Police Department Alameda 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
Midtown Pharmacy Professional Corp Alameda 2173 Harbor Bay Parkway
Kaiser Pharmacy Alameda 2417 Central Ave.
Walgreens Alameda 2300 Otis Dr.
Stanford Health Care Emeryville 5800 Hollis Ave.
Emeryville Police Department Emeryville 2449 Powell St.
Berkeley Police Department Berkeley 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
United Pharmacy Berkeley 2929 Telegraph Ave.


For questions: 800-606-6606 or email the HHW program.
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