Alameda MED-Project is the public, non-profit entity implementing the Alameda County Product Stewardship Plan, including the education and outreach programming.
If you are having a medical emergency, contact emergency medical services immediately by dialing 911.
If you think you have ingested something poisonous, contact emergency services immediately. Please dial 911 or contact your local poison control center.
If you believe your pet may have ingested human or animal medication not intended for consumption by your pet, please contact your veterinarian or local animal poison control hotline.
Please direct all questions regarding your medication to your health care provider.
You should follow any storage instructions provided by your healthcare provider, and any written instructions provided with your medication or listed on its packaging.In addition, many government agencies provide information regarding safe storage of medication. Possible sources include the National Institutes of Health’s information page and the CDC’s information page.
California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) provides information regarding Proposition 65. Information can be accessed via OEHHA’s Proposition 65 web site.
Do not flush prescription medications down the toilet unless the information on the label, package or package insert specifically instructs you to do so.
Please remove all personal and identifying information from your medication labels and/or its packaging before disposal.
There will be no fee for medication disposal charged at the point of collection.
Medications in any dosage form in their original container or sealed bag may be turned in at kiosks. The following are not accepted in kiosks: herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, pet pesticide products, sharps, illicit drugs, and iodine containing medications. Combination products will only be accepted at take-back events.
Please visit the Alameda MED-Project web site or dial the hotline at 1-844-MED-PROJ to learn about upcoming take-back events in your area.
Several government agencies provide information regarding safe disposal of medication. Please refer to the FDA’s website for more information: “Consumer Updates: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.”
For more information, please dial the hotline at 1-844-MED-Proj.
The following disposal options and sequence should be considered when disposing of unwanted medicine:
Check the Package: If there are any specific instructions for disposal on the label, package or package insert, please follow those instructions.
Take-Back Events: Local take-back events may be sponsored in your area, and offer residents a free and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted medicines.
Convenient Kiosks: Community drug take-back locations at local law enforcement agencies allow residents to bring expired or unwanted medicines to a convenient, centralized location for proper disposal.
In-Home Disposal: If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps.
For more information about the Alameda County Safe Drug Disposal Ordinance, please see: https://www.acgov.org/aceh/safedisposal/