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Medications/pharmaceuticals

medicationsAre unused and expired medications filling up your medicine cabinet?
Studies show that pharmaceuticals in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by wastewater treatment plants. Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals can help protect the environment.

To address this issue, the Russian River Watershed Association (RRWA) is partnering with local agencies, pharmacies and law enforcement offices to provide Safe Medicine Disposal Program locations in the Russian River Watershed.

Items accepted for disposal include:

  • 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 (empty)
  • Medical samples

Items NOT accepted include:

  • Controlled substances (Contact your local law enforcement agency regarding the disposal of controlled substances.) For a list of controlled substances, visit the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Chemotherapy drugs
  • IV bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products (body lotion, shampoo etc.)
  • Aerosol cans
  • Epi-pens and other needles/sharps
  • Thermometers
  • Illegal drugs
  • Medical marijuana
  • Any other waste or medication not listed under “Items Accepted”

How to handle your medication that is ready for disposal:

Pills & Capsules

  • Remove all pills and capsules from containers and pour into a re-sealable plastic baggie.
  • Recycle empty pill containers at home in the blue recycling cart

Liquids, Ointments, Creams & Lotions

  • Black out personal information on label.
  • Leave liquid, lotion, ointment or cream in the original container.
  • Place container into a re-sealable plastic baggie and then into the medical waste collection bin.

Medication Patches & Sample Packets

  • Black out personal information on label.
  • Place blister packs containing pills or capsules directly into the collection bin.
  • Place patches directly into collection bin.

Questions:

City of Santa Rosa
(707) 543-3369

Russian River Watershed Association
(707)  833-2553  

Sonoma County Water Agency
(707) 547-1900

1. Drop-off options: for residents

Cloverdale

Cloverdale Pharmacy - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
790 S. Cloverdale Boulevard
(707) 894-4414
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Cotati

Oliver's Market - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
546 E. Cotati Avenue
(707) 285-2550
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Walgreens Pharmacy
7800 Old Redwood Highway
(707) 795-6014
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Guerneville

Lark Drugs Guerneville - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
16251 Main Street
(707) 869-9055
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Healdsburg

Alliance Medical Center - Safe Medicine Disposal Program
1381 University Street
(707)  433-8161
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Healdsburg Police Station - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
238 Center Street
(707)  431-3377
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Rite Aid
525 Healdsburg Avenue
(707) 431-1119
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Petaluma

Kaiser Permanente - Safe Medicine Disposal Program
3900 Lakeville Highway
(707) 765-3420
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Petaluma Health Center Emergency Department Lobby - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
1179 North McDowell Boulevard
(707) 559-7500
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Rohnert Park

Codding Recreation Center (Senior Center)
6800 Hunter Drive, Suite A
(707) 585-6780
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Public Safety Building Rohnert Park
500 City Center Drive
(707) 584-2693
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Walgreens Pharmacy
6285 Commerce Blvd.
(707)  583-0022  
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Santa Rosa

Creekside Pharmacy - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
95 Montgomery Drive
(707) 525-1130
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Dollar Drug-Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
1055 West College Avenue
(707) 575-1313
 Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Kaiser Permanente Emergency Department Lobby - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
401 Bicentennial Way
(707) 393-4000
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Laguna Treatment Plant - Safe Medicine Disposal Program
4300 Llano Road
(707) 543-3350/543-3369
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Oliver's Market - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
560 Montecito Center
(707) 537-7123
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Oliver's Market - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
461 Stony Point Road
(707) 284-3530
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Rite Aid - Farmers Lane
1551 Farmers Lane
(707) 544-4050
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Rite Aid - Marlow Road
1793 Marlow Road
(707) 544-8875
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Rite Aid - Stony Point Road
955 Stony Point Road
(707) 526-3015
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Roseland Pediatrics - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
711 Stony Point Road, Suite 17
(707) 578-2005
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Santa Rosa Police Department - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
965 Sonoma Avenue
(707) 543-3600
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Santa Rosa Senior Center - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
704 Bennett Valley Road
(707) 545-8609
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Sonoma County Water Agency - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
404 Aviation Boulevard
(707) 547-1900
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Tuttles Doyle Park Pharmacy - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
1220 Sonoma Avenue
(707) 546-9090
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Tuttles Hoen Pharmacy - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
4731 Hoen Avenue
(707) 528-4511
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Walgreens Pharmacy - Santa Rosa Marlow Road
3093 Marlow Road
(707) 569-8504
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Walgreens Pharmacy - Sonoma Highway
4610 Sonoma Highway
(707) 538-9275
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

WeCare Home Assistants - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite C (next to Sonoma Bank)
(707) 843-3838
Hours 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances. Safe Medicine Disposal Program location.

Sebastopol

Rite Aid
218 N Main Street
(707) 829-3007
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Sebastopol Hardware Center - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
660 Gravenstein Highway North
(707) 823-7688
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Sebastopol Senior Center - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
167 North High Street
(707) 829-2440
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Sonoma

Sonoma Valley Hospital Emergency Dept. Lobby - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
347 Andrieux Street
(707) 935-5000
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Sonoma Vintage House - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
264 First Street E.
(707) 996-0311
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Rite Aid
19205 Sonoma Highway
(707) 938-0281
Mail-back and fee ($3.99 fee for postage-paid envelopes): unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Windsor

Alliance Medical Center - Safe Medicine Disposal Program
8465 Old Redwood Highway Suite 400
(707) 433-5494
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

Health First! Pharmacy - Safe Medicine Disposal Program location
9070 Windsor Road
(707) 837-7948
Drop-off: unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. No controlled substances.

2. Dispose of controlled substances at special one-day collection events. For a schedule, visit the Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration

3. Dispose of medications, excluding controlled substances, through the Agency's Hazardous Waste programs: for residents & businesses

For residents
Household Toxics Facility
Community Toxics Collections
Toxic Rover Pickup Service

For businesses
Household Toxics Facility
Community Toxics Collections

Sonoma County Waste Management Agency ● 2300 County Center Drive, Suite B-100 ● Santa Rosa, CA 95403