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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.
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
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.
Kaiser Pharmacy Livermore 3000 Las Positas Rd.
Clayworth Pharmacy Castro Valley 20353 Lake Chabot Rd. Ste.101
Walgreens San Leandro 15500 Washington Ave.
Alameda County Sheriff's Eden Substation San Leandro 15000 Foothill Blvd.
New Oakland Pharmacy #1 Oakland 333 9th St.
New Oakland Pharmacy Lake Merritt Oakland 250 E 18th St. 3rd floor
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
Piedmont Police Department Piedmont 403 Highland Ave.
Alameda Police Department Alameda 2263 Santa Clara Ave.
Kaiser Pharmacy Alameda 2417 Central Ave.
Walgreens Alameda 2300 Otis Dr.
Stanford Health Care Emeryville 5800 Hollis Ave.


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