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Unwanted and Expired Medications

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Flushing old/unwanted medications down the toilet sends them to our wastewater treatment plants that are not designed to remove them, meaning the chemicals end up polluting San Francisco Bay or the Pacific Ocean and harming wildlife. Putting drugs in the trash could not only lead to a very medicated — or poisoned — pet dog, but also presents environmental risks, as the chemicals can leach out of landfills and into groundwater.

Dropping off your unwanted medications is now easy with 13 pharmacies and all of 10 police stations in San Francisco!
Pile of medications

For "non-controlled" medicines (such as over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, empty inhaler cartridges, pet medicines and medicated ointments and lotions), please visit one of the participating pharmacies for proper disposal.

For "controlled medicines" (for example, codeine, narcotics, Vicodin, stimulants, etc.), please drop them off one of ten San Francisco Police Stations. When you visit a police station, take your medicine directly to the window. You may be asked for your name and address. If you are uncomfortable giving this information, politely tell the officer that you “decline to state.”

Check this short list or this complete list to see if your medicines are controlled substances. Remember, controlled substances are only accepted at police stations.

Prepare for your visit

  • Put pills in a ziplock bag (it's ok to mix them) or in as few containers as possible.
  • Tighten the lids of liquid medicines or place the entire bottle in a ziplock bag.

Medicine Drop-off Locations

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Local Medicine Drop Off Sites:
Central Drug Store
4494 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94112
Charlie's Pharmacy
1101 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115 
Clay Medical Pharmacy
929 Clay Street #103
San Francisco, CA 94108 
Daniels Pharmacy
943 Geneva Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Four Fifty Sutter Pharmacy
450 Sutter Street #712
San Francisco, CA 94108
Franklin Pharmacy
1508 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
Golden Gate Pharmacy
1844 Noriega Street
San Francisco, CA 94122
Visitacion Valley Pharmacy
100 Leland Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94134
Los Portales Pharmacy
2480 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
MOMS Pharmacy
4071 18th Street
San Francisco, CA 94114
Post Divisadero Medical Pharmacy
2299 Post Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Southeast Community Facility
1800 Oakdale Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
Torgsyn Discount Pharmacy Inc.
5614 Geary Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94121


All San Francisco Police Stations take both controlled and non-controlled substances:
Bayview Police Station
201 Williams Street
San Francisco, CA 94124
Central Police Station
766 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94133 
Ingleside Police Station
1 Sgt. John V. Young Lane
San Francisco, CA 94112 
Mission Police Station
630 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
Northern Police Station
1125 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
Park Police Station
1899 Waller Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Richmond Police Station
461 - 6th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94118
Southern Police Station
850 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Taraval Police Station
2345 - 24th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116
Tenderloin Police Station
301 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102


This pilot program is funded by grants from pharmaceutical manufacturers. 

Recycle AIDS Medication Program (RAMP)

If you have medications (sealed or opened) that are unexpired or up to one year out of date, you may donate the medications to the Recycled AIDS Medication Program (RAMP). This program is not limited to AIDS medications. For more information, visit RAMP or call (415) 285-0606.

To learn more about the Safe Medicine Disposal Program:
Visit San Francisco Department of Environment's website or call
(415) 355-3700
Contact the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission at
(415) 695-7378

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