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Medicine and Prescription Drugs

Unwanted medicines should never be flushed down the toilet or placed in the trash, unless specifically stated on the packaging. Instead, unused or expired medicine should be dropped off at a collection kiosk. Sharps should be placed in a FDA approved sharps container and brought to a location that accepts sharps. See the table below for a list of self-service kiosk locations. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The Alameda County HHW facilities can no longer accept most PRESCRIPTION DRUGS due to the DEA ban on accepting controlled substances. 

Disposal Options:

  • Dispose of your unwanted medicines at self-service kiosks, see the table below for locations. The kiosks accept: controlled substances, prescription and over-the-counter pills, creams, liquids, and inhalers.  
  • Search our RE:Source guide for other locations. 
  • Get a free prepaid Mail-Back envelope sent to your homecall Med-Project 1 (844) 633-7765 or request one online by clicking here.  

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). All of your pills may be mixed together 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.
  • For questions: 800-606-6606 or email the HHW program.

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 Alameda County 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 more information about controlled substances:

Download the HHW Medicine Disposal flyer


Locations that Accept Controlled and Non-Controlled Medicine

Name City Address Sharps Accepted
Alameda Hospital Alameda 2070 Clinton Ave. No
Alameda Police Department Alameda 2263 Santa Clara Ave. No
CVS Pharmacy Alameda 885 Island Dr. No
CVS Pharmacy Alameda 931 Marina Village PKWY Yes
CVS Pharmacy Alameda 2314 Santa Clara Ave. No
Kaiser Pharmacy #101 Alameda 2417 Central Ave. No
Walgreens Alameda 2300 Otis Dr. No
Berkeley Police Department Berkeley 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way Yes
CVS Pharmacy Berkeley 2655 Telegraph Ave. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Berkeley 1451 Shattuck Ave. No
CVS Pharmacy Berkeley 2300 Shattuck Ave. No
United Pharmacy Berkeley 2929 Telegraph Ave. No
UC Health Services Berkeley 2222 Bancroft Ave, Rm #1115 No
Walgreens Berkeley 2190 Shattuck No
CVS Pharmacy Castro Valley 3667 Castro Valley Blvd. Yes
Eden Hospital Castro Valley 20103 Lake Chabot Rd. No
CVS Pharmacy Dublin 7201 Regional St. Yes
Dublin Police Department Dublin 100 Civic Plaza No
CVS Pharmacy El Cerrito 670 El Cerrito Plaza No
CVS Pharmacy Emeryville 4349 San Pablo Ave. No
Emeryville Police Department Emeryville 2449 Powell St. No
Stanford Health Care Emeryville 5800 Hollis Ave. No
Capsule Pharmacy Fremont 2557 Mowry Ave. Suite 11 Yes
CVS Pharmacy Fremont 2000 Driscoll Rd. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Fremont 4020 Fremont Blvd. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Fremont 35720 Fremont Blvd. No
CVS Pharmacy Fremont 46445 Mission Blvd. No
Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply Fremont 37323 Fremont Blvd. Yes
Jade Pharmacy Fremont 34460 Fremont Blvd. Suite B No
Kaiser Pharmacy Fremont 39400 Paseo Padre Parkway No
Mowry Medical Pharmacy Fremont 1999 Mowry Ave. Suite 2A No
Washington Hospital Fremont 2000 Mowry Ave., Ste. 2A No
CVS Pharmacy Hayward 22501 Foothill Blvd. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Hayward 26059 Mission Blvd. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Hayward 243 West Jackson Street Yes
Mission Pharmacy Hayward 22138 Mission Blvd. Yes
Teds Drugs Hayward 27453 Hesperian Blvd. No
Tennyson Pharmacy Hayward 589 W Tennyson Rd. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Livermore 1500 1st St. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Livermore 4405 1st Street Yes
Kaiser Pharmacy Livermore 3000 Las Positas Rd. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Newark 35080 Newark Blvd. Yes
Newark Police Department Newark 37101 Newark Blvd. No
BART Police Oakland 101 8th St. No
CVS Pharmacy Oakland 175 41st St. No
CVS Pharmacy Oakland 7200 Bancroft Ave. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Oakand 2964 Broadway No
CVS Pharmacy Oakland 3320 Fruitvale Ave. No
CVS Pharmacy Oakland 4100 Redwood Rd. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Oakland 344 Thomas L. Berkeley Way Yes
Highland Hospital Oakland 1411 E. 31st St. No
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3801 Howe St. 1st floor No
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3505 Broadway No
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3701 Broadway 1st floor No
Kaiser Pharmacy Oakland 3600 Broadway, 1st floor No
New Oakland Pharmacy #1 Oakland 333 9th St. Yes
New Oakland Pharmacy #2 Oakland 388 9th St. Suite 108 Yes
New Oakland Pharmacy Lake Merritt Oakland 250 E 18th St. 3rd floor Yes
Vitacare Pharmacy Oakland 2447 Telegraph Ave. No
Walgreens Oakland 3434 High St. No
Wellspring Pharmacy Oakland 4184C Piedmont Ave. Yes
Piedmont Police Department Piedmont 403 Highland Ave. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Pleasanton 3010 Bernal Ave. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Pleasanton 6750 Bernal Ave. Yes
CVS Pharmacy Pleasanton 3999 Santa Rita Rd. No
Kaiser Pharmacy Pleasanton 7601 Stoneridge Dr. Yes
Pleasanton Police Department Pleasanton 4833 Bernal Ave. No
Alameda County Sheriff's Eden Substation San Leandro 15000 Foothill Blvd. No
CVS Pharmacy San Leandro 14869 14th St. Yes
CVS Pharmacy San Leandro 699 Lewelling Blvd. Yes
San Leandro Hospital San Leandro 1401 Washington Ave. No
Walgreens San Leandro 15500 Washington Ave. No 
Union City Police Department Union City 34009 Alvarado Niles Rd. No
Kaiser Pharmacy Union City 3553 Whipple Rd. No