When prescriptions change, drugs expire or are no longer needed, these medicines are typically flushed or thrown away. Pharmaceuticals left in homes can be ingested by children and animals; medicine thrown in the trash can leach into the environment; flushed drugs can kill bacteria that break down waste in sewage plants, damage septic systems, contaminate nearby waterways and harm aquatic wildlife. You may safely dispose of expired and/or unneeded medication at the following Police Departments:
Daly City Police Department
333 90th Street
Daly City, CA
South San Francisco Police Department
33 Arroyo Drive, Suite C
South San Francisco, CA
For more information, please call Environmental Health at (650) 372-6200 or watch the County of San Mateo Medication Disposal White Board Video.