The Alameda County MEDS Coalition aims to reduce and prevent medication misuse for older adults and youth and to reduce harm to our natural environment, including land and waterways.


Safe Medication Disposal


Safe Disposal Drop-Off Sites

To prevent harm to the environment, unused medications should be disposed of at the following locations in Alameda County:

Alameda County Drug Disposal Sites for Unwanted or Expired Medications

image of map with text '186 facilities, 19 bay area public agencies' and a call to explore the map further


Alameda Hospital
2070 Clinton Avenue (Main Lobby)
Alameda, CA
Mon-Fri 8am - 6pm; Sat/Sun & Holidays 8am - 4pm

Alameda Police Department
1555 Oak Street (Lobby)
Alameda, CA
(510) 337-8340
8am - 8pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
885 Island Drive
Alameda, CA
(510) 865-2155
8am - 9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
931 Marina Village Parkway
Alameda, CA
(510) 523-3504
8am - 10pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
2314 Santa Clara Ave
Alameda, CA
(510) 523-4929
8am - 11pm daily

Kaiser Permanente #101
2417 Central Ave
Alameda, CA
(510) 752-9255
Mon-Fri. 8:30am-5:15pm

Walgreens
2300 Otis Drive
Alameda, CA
(510) 523–7043
Open 24 hours/day
United Pharmacy
2929 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA
(510) 843-3201

Berkeley Police Department
2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA
(510) 981-5900
Mon - Fri 8am - 5pm

CVS Pharmacy
2655 Telegraph Avenue
Berkeley, CA
(510) 549-9063
9am - 8pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
1451 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA
(510) 849-0484
8am - 9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
2300 Shattuck Avenue
Berkeley, CA
(510) 549-4255
9am - 8pm daily
CVS Pharmacy
3667 Castro Valley Boulevard
Castro Valley, CA
(510) 538-1227
8am-9pm daily

Eden Medical Center (Lobby)
20103 Lake Chabot Road
Castro Valley, CA
510.537.1234
Open 24-hours a day
Dublin Police Services
100 Civic Plaza
Dublin, CA
(925) 833-6670
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

CVS Pharmacy
7201 Regional Street
Dublin, CA
(510) 241-0000
10am-7pm daily
CVS Pharmacy
4349 San Pablo Avenue
Emeryville, CA
(510) 653-0526
9am-9pm daily

Emeryville Police Department
2449 Powell Street
Emeryville, CA
(510) 596-3700
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Stanford Health Care in Emeryville
5800 Hollis Street
Emeryville, CA
(510) 806-2100
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
Capsule Pharmacy
2557 Mowry Ave, Suite 11
Fremont, CA
(510) 896-8121
Mon-Fri 9am-6:30pm

CVS Pharmacy
2000 Driscoll Road
Fremont, CA
(510) 770-8571
9am-8pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
4020 Fremont Boulevard
Fremont, CA
(510) 797-5505
(Open 24-hours a day)

CVS Pharmacy
35720 Fremont Boulevard
Fremont, CA
(510) 792-5100
9am-9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
46445 Mission Boulevard
Fremont, CA

Haller's Pharmacy and Medical Supply
37323 Fremont Blvd
Fremont, CA
(510) 797-2772

Jade Pharmacy
34460 Fremont Blvd, Ste. B
Fremont, CA
(510) 792-4742

Kaiser Permanente Ohlone Pharmacy #162
39400 Paseo Padre Parkway
Fremont, CA
(510) 248-3143
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Mowry Medical Pharmacy
1999 Mowry Avenue, Suite 2A
Fremont, CA 94538
(510) 793-5011

Washington Hospital Main Lobby
2000 Mowry Ave
Fremont, CA
(510) 797-1111
CVS Pharmacy
22501 Foothill Boulevard
Hayward, CA
(510) 881-8474
9am-8pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
26059 Mission Boulevard
Hayward, CA
(510) 886-2207
8am-9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
243 West Jackson Street
Hayward, CA
(510) 783-0330
9am-8pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
22138 Mission Blvd.
Hayward, CA
(510) 581-6986
Mon-Fri 9am-1pm; 2-5:30pm

Mission Pharmacy
22138 Mission Blvd.
Hayward, CA
(510) 581-6986

Ted's Drugs
27453 Hesperian Blvd.
Hayward, CA
(510) 782-6494

Tennyson Pharmacy
589 W, Tennyson Rd.
Hayward, CA
(510) 266-0800
CVS Pharmacy
1500 1st Street
Livermore, CA
(925) 455-5580
9am-9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
4405 1st Street
Livermore, CA
(925) 373-8124
9am-8pm daily

Kaiser Permanente #241
3000 Las Positas Road
Livermore, CA
(925) 243-4777
Mon-Fri 8:45am-6pm
CVS Pharmacy
35080 Newark Boulevard
Newark, CA
(510) 296-4050
8am-9pm daily

Newark Police Department
37101 Newark Boulevard
Newark, CA
(510) 578-4237
Open 24 hours/day
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Police Department
101 8th Street
Oakland, CA
(877) 679-7000
Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

CVS Pharmacy
175 41st Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 658-3496
8am-10pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
7200 Bancroft Avenue
Oakland, CA
(510) 569-2795
8am-8pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
2964 Broadway
Oakland, CA
(510) 836-7904
8am-9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
3320 Fruitvale Avenue
Oakland, CA
(510) 530-3156
8am-10pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
4100 Redwood Road
Oakland, CA
(510) 531-0602
9am-7pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
344 Thomas L. Berkeley Way
Oakland, CA
(510) 832-8384
8:30am-6pm daily

Highland Hospital
1411 E. 31st St. (4th floor of HCP building)
Oakland, CA
Mon - Sun 9am - 5pm

Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy Fabiola 1 #115
3801 Howe Street, 1st Floor
Oakland, CA
(510) 752-7641
Mon-Fri 8am-7pm

Kaiser Permanente #118
3505 Broadway
Oakland, CA
(510) 752-1401
Mon-Fri 8:30am-1pm; 2pm-4:30pm

Kaiser Permanente #102
3701 Broadway, 1st Floor
Oakland, CA
(510) 752-4188
Mon-Fri 8:30am-7:30pm; Sat-Sun 9am - 6pm

Kaiser Permanente #105
3600 Broadway, 1st Floor
Oakland, CA
(510) 752-4200
Mon-Fri 8am-8 pm; Sat-Sun 9am-6pm


New Oakland Pharmacy #1
333 9th Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 628-0878

New Oakland Pharmacy - Lake Merritt
250 East 18th Street
Oakland, CA
(510) 628-0878

New Oakland Pharmacy #2
388 9th Street #108
Oakland, CA
(510) 763-3282
Mon-Fri 9am-5:30pm; 1:30pm-5:30pm
Oakland Fire Station #3
1445 14th Street at Mandela Pkwy
Oakland, CA
Open 24 hours/day

Vitacare Pharmacy
2447 Telegraph Ave
Oakland, CA
(510) 832-7500 Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 9am-2pm

Wellspring Pharmacy
4184 Piedmont Ave
Oakland, CA
(510) 428-1559
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm
Piedmont Police Department
403 Highland Ave
Piedmont, CA
(510) 420-3013
CVS Pharmacy
3010 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 462-9138
9am-9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
6750 Bernal Avenue
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 249-9011
8am-10pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
3999 Santa Rita Road
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 460-8552
8am-9pm daily

Kaiser Permanente Pharmacy South 1 #471
7601 Stoneridge Drive
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 847-5353
Mon-Fri 8:30am-8:30pm; Sat 8:30am-4pm

Pleasanton Police Department
4833 Bernal Ave
Pleasanton, CA
(925) 931-5100
Open 24 hours/day
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
15001 Foothill Blvd.
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 667-7721
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm

CVS Pharmacy
1550 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 351-7957
8am-9pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
14869 East 14th Street
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 351-2877
9am-8pm daily

CVS Pharmacy
699 Lewelling Boulevard
San Leandro, CA 94578
(510) 351-0951
8am-10pm daily

San Leandro Hospital
13855 E. 14th St. (Main Lobby)
San Leandro, CA
Mon-Fri 8am-9pm; Sat/Sun & Holidays 8:30am-8pm

Walgreens
15500 Washington Avenue
San Leandro, CA
(510) 483-3917 Open 24 hours/day
Kaiser Permanente Main Pharmacy #132
3553 Whipple Road
Union City, CA
(510) 675-2090
Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:30pm

About the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance

A group of concerned citizens approached Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley on the public health and safety issues pertaining to expired and unwanted prescription medications. Through a series of meetings, the MEDS Coalition (hosted by Supervisor Miley) identified the need for an Extended Producer Responsibility ordinance on prescription medication drug take back. Supervisor Miley understood that an ordinance of this kind is important to protect public health and would be challenged by the pharmaceutical industry (Big Pharma). With the help of Heidi Sanborn from the California Product Stewardship Council, County Counsel and many other stakeholders, Supervisor Miley and the MEDS Coalition spearheaded the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors in July 2012. The Alameda County Environmental Health Department has been tasked to facilitate the implementation of the ordinance. For more information, please visit their website at www.acgov.org/aceh/safedisposal/index.htm.

Why?

Pharmaceuticals have a shelf-life, just like any other product. Eventually, they all become unusable. It is important to get rid of expired and unwanted prescription and over the counter medications.

According to the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services which publishes the National Health Expenditure Projections 2012-2022, approximately $275.9 billion in prescription drugs will be prescribed in the U.S in 2014. By 2020, that number is projected to reach $379.9 billion. A report estimated that 10 to 33 percent of proscribed medicines are not consumed. With a lack of safe and secure disposal options, consumers traditionally have had the option of trashing, flushing or storing these medicines in the home.

The Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance was adopted to help prevent misuse by older adults, keep medication away from young people, prevent theft of medication and finally prevent medication exposure in the waterways.

Timeline

  • 2008

    Alameda County Medication Education and Disposal Safety (MEDS) Coalition originated from the Alameda County Senior Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Workgroup.

    MEDS Coalition identified the need for an Extended Producer Responsibility ordinance for prescription drug take back.

  • July 2012

    Alameda County Board of Supervisors unanimously passes the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • December 2012

    PhRMA filed law suit against the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • August 2013

    U.S. District Court for Northern District of California upheld the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • September 2014

    Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Rules in favor of Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

    In a 3-0 ruling, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied the appeal because the Alameda County Ordinance "neither discriminates against nor directly regulates interstate commerce."

  • May 26, 2015

    Supreme Court of the United States declines to hear PrHRMA's appeal.

  • August 2013

    U.S. District Court for Northern District of California upheld the Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance.

  • Currently, there are 44 drug disposal locations within Alameda County.


Safe Disposal Documentation

Ordinance

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