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 13 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:
Most VHC Pharmacies are open 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. The Bascom Pharmacy is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm, and Saturday, Sunday. and holidays from 9am to 5:30pm.
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.
Controlled Prescriptions (Drugs) CANNOT BE USED with TakeAway Environmental Return System Envelopes.
Examples of controlled prescriptions (drugs) are:
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 http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html.
Additional safe disposal of unwanted medication may also be found at Earth911: earth911.com.