Pharmaceutical Disposal Program
Central San developed its Pharmaceutical Disposal Program by partnering with the Sheriff’s Department and eight local police departments in central Contra Costa County. Households may use any of the eleven collection sites to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications. These sites are open to all county residents Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Disposal of pharmaceuticals down a toilet or drain has become a serious public concern. Either method can allow medications to make their way into regional water sources by passing through wastewater treatment plants. The drop-off program can alleviate some of that pollution. Other reasons for the program include preventing abuse by young adults and to protect seniors. This disposal option decreases the likelihood of anyone taking a wrong or outdated medication by mistake, and gives families a convenient place to dispose of unwanted medicines.
For more information or to find a drop-off location near you, please refer to our printable Pharmaceutical Disposal Brochure.
Watch our ”Don’t Flush Your Medications!” video here:
Pharmaceutical Disposal Locations:
- Town of Alamo, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Substation, 150 Alamo Plaza, Suite C, Alamo
- Contra Costa Sheriff’s Field Operations Building, 1980 Muir Road, Martinez
- County Regional Medical Center, 2500 Alhambra Ave., Martinez
- Town of Danville, Police Department, 510 La Gonda Way, Danville
- City of Lafayette, Police Department, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 130, Lafayette
- City of Martinez, Police Department/City Hall, 525 Henrietta Street, Martinez
- Town of Moraga, Police Department, 329 Rheem Blvd., Moraga
- City of Pleasant Hill, Police Department, 330 Civic Dr., Pleasant Hill
- City of Walnut Creek, Police Department/City Hall, 1666 North Main St., Walnut Creek
- Walnut Creek Walgreens*, 2900 North Main St., Walnut Creek
Additional drop-off sites are available through Med-Project at select CVS stores and Kaiser facilities in our service area. Med-Project also offers a mail-back option for those who cannot make it to a collection site on their own.
* NOTE: Walgreens only accepts medications in pill form. We applaud Walgreens for being the first US pharmacy chain to offer a disposal program for unwanted medications!