Santa Clara County Fire Department

Medication Disposal

Santa Clara County Unwanted Medication Drop-Off Program offers residents a convenient and environmentally-friendly alternative to flushing or throwing away pills, expired medications, medicinal liquids, controlled substances or illegal drugs. Residents now have more than a dozen locations where they can safely dispose of medications, as well as controlled substances, no questions asked. Drop boxes, similar to standard U.S. Mail boxes, are located at three Sheriff's Office locations and at 10 pharmacies at the Valley Medical Center and Valley Health Centers.

The County may further expand the program in the future through partnerships with other pharmacies and law enforcement agencies. To find a local drop-off location, residents may call 408.299.7300.

Sheriff's Office Locations:

Sheriff's Office Headquarters, 55 West Younger Ave, San Jose, CA 95110
Hours: 24 hours a day, seven days a week
800.211.2220 / 408.808.4405

West Valley Patrol Sub-station, 1601 South De Anza Blvd, Cupertino, CA 95014
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

South County Sub-station, 80 West Highland, Bldg K, San Martin, CA 95046
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Valley Health Center Pharmacy Locations:

Bascom Pharmacy, 750 S. Bascom Ave, Suite #120, San Jose 95128
Located in front lobby near security desk.
Monday - Friday 8:00am–5:00pm  

Valley Specialty Center Outpatient Pharmacy, 751 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose 95128
Located in Valley Specialty building, near pharmacy.
Monday – Sunday 9:00am–10:00pm  

Central Mental Health Enborg Lane Pharmacy, 2221 Enborg Lane, San Jose 95128
Located on right-hand side of Central Mental Health Bldg, across from receptionist.
Monday - Friday 8:00–5:00pm  

Moorpark Pharmacy, 2400 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose 95128
Located near pharmacy.
Open daily 9:00am-9:00pm  

East Valley Pharmacy, 1993 McKee Rd, San Jose 95116
Located near pharmacy pick-up window.
Monday - Friday 8:30am-9:30pm; Saturday - Sunday 8:30-5:00pm  

Sunnyvale Pharmacy, 660 S. Fair Oaks, Sunnyvale 94085
Located in main lobby, across from security desk.
Monday - Thursday 9:30am-9pm; Friday 8:30am-5pm; Saturday 9:00-1:00pm  

Lenzen Pharmacy, 976 Lenzen Avenue, San Jose 95126
Located near pharmacy.
Monday 8:00am-9:00pm; Tuesday - Friday 8:00am-5:30pm  

Gilroy Pharmacy, 7475 Camino Arroyo, Gilroy 95020
Located in front lobby near security desk.
Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm  

Milpitas Pharmacy, 143 North Main Street, Milpitas 95035
Located in main lobby near the restrooms.
Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm  

Tully Pharmacy, 500 Tully Rd, San Jose 95111
Located in main lobby, near security guard desk.
Monday - Friday 8:30am -9:00pm; Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm       

City of Santa Clara Police Department, 601 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, 95050
Open daily 7:00am-6:00pm  


News Release: 2009 County Implements Pharmaceutical Drop-Off Program


TakeAway Environmental Return System:

This mail back system provides a secure, convenient, turnkey solution for proper treatment of unused or unwanted medications, both prescription and over–the–counter drugs.

Take Away Medicines envelope
  • An 8"x11" padded envelope is used to mail back unused or unwanted medications.
  • Envelopes can be purchased at any local pharmacy: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, or Safeway for a minimal cost. The cost includes shipping and handling and is in compliance with applicable regulations.
  • Simply follow the instructions for use – fill it, seal it, and return it via the U.S Postal Service.

Controlled Prescriptions (Drugs) CANNOT BE USED with TakeAway Environmental Return System Envelopes.

Examples of controlled prescriptions (drugs) are:

Adderall Oxycodone Ritalin
Ambien Oxycontin Valium
Hydrocodone Percocet Vicodin
Morphine Phentermine Xanax

Refer to the instructions for use for acceptable medications that can be used with this product. If you are unsure if your medications are controlled drugs, please ask your pharmacist, or go to

Additional safe disposal of unwanted medication may also be found at Earth911:

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