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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 Address
Haller's Pharmacy 6170 Thornton Blvd, Newark
Newark Police Department 37101 Newark Blvd, Newark
Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply 37323 Fremont Boulevard, Fremont
Teds Drugs 27453 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward
Tennyson Pharmacy 589 W Tennyson Rd, Hayward
Mission Pharmacy 22138 Mission Blvd, Hayward
Pleasanton Police Department 4833 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton
Clayworth Pharmacy 20353 Lake Chabot Rd Ste.101, Castro Valley
Walgreens 15500 Washington Ave, San Leandro
Alameda County Sheriff's Eden Substation 15000 Foothill Blvd, San Leandro
New Oakland Pharmacy #1 333 9th Street, Oakland
New Oakland Pharmacy Lake Merritt 250 E 18th Street 3rd floor, Oakland
Wellspring Pharmacy 4184C Piedmont Ave., Oakland
Piedmont Police Department 403 Highland Avenue, Piedmont
Alameda Police Department 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
Walgreens 2300 Otis Drive, Alameda
Stanford Health Care 5800 Hollis Ave., Emeryville


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