Medicine & Prescription Drugs

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Your local pharmacies and the San Luis Obispo County IWMA have teamed up to provide a free disposal program for household over-the-counter and prescription medications, including pills, ointments and lotions. Any resident of San Luis Obispo County may dispose of their unwanted medicine through the program.

How Does it Work?

Most pharmacies will offer you a free prepaid, pre-addressed envelope when you pick up your prescription. Use this envelope to mail unwanted medicine off for safe disposal. You can also get a free mail-back envelope if you previously purchased your prescription from the pharmacy. Other pharmacies have kiosks where you can discard of unwanted medicine. Some kiosks cannot accept controlled substances. At those locations, the pharmacy will provide a mail-back envelope for the proper disposal of controlled substances, such as Tylenol with Codeine, Valium, Vicodin and Percocet. See the full list of commonly controlled substances.

What Is Not Allowed?

The following items are NOT accepted: illegal drugs, thermometers, and personal care products (shampoo, soap, etc.). Needles and sharps cannot be disposed of with medicine but can be disposed of in free containers available at San Luis Obispo Country pharmacies. Businesses and health care professionals cannot use this program.


In 2015 prescription opiods killed dozens of SLO County residents.

The SLO Opiod Safety Coalition is aiming to stem the epidemic. The diverse group of experienced local health care proffessionals, first responders, and community members has compiled a data report on opiods in SLO County

How can you help?

  • Bring your unwanted or expired prescription medications to a SLO County pharmacy
  • Learn how to join the SLO Opiod Safety Coalition’s efforts here

 

 

Pharmacies in San Luis Obispo County

Click on your community to find a pharmacy near you. Each listing indicates whether the pharmacy uses the kiosk or the mail-back envelope.

Arroyo Grande | Atascadero | Cambria | Cayucos | Grover Beach | Los Osos | Morro Bay | Nipomo | Paso Robles | Pismo Beach | San Luis Obispo | Templeton


Arroyo Grande

Best Care Pharmacy (envelope)
1051 East Grand Avenue | (805) 481-1961

CVS (envelope)
1435 East Grand Avenue | (805) 474-5712

Kmart (kiosk)
1570 W. Branch Street | (805) 481-8484

Rite Aid (envelope)
1690 East Grand Avenue | (805) 474-0469
1207 Grand Avenue | (805) 489-1830

Walmart (envelope)
1168 West Branch | (805) 474-4300


Atascardero

CVS (envelope)
8320 El Camino Real | (805) 466-0634

En Soleil Pharmacy (envelope)
5735 El Camino Real | (805) 928-4700

Rite Aid (envelope)
7025 El Camino Real | (805) 466-8722

Walgreens (kiosk)
8005 El Camino Real | (805) 462-9272


Cambria

Cambria Drug & Gift (kiosk; use envelope for controlled substances)
2222 Main Street | (805) 927-7283


Cayucos

Cayucos Pharmacy (envelope)
72 South Ocean Avenue | (805) 995-3538


Grover Beach

Vons (envelope)
1758 Grand Avenue | (805) 481-0877


Los Osos

Los Osos Rexall Drug Store (kiosk)
989 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-1017

Medicine Shoppe (kiosk)
1199 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-1447

Ralph’s (envelope)
1320 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-0112

Rite Aid (envelope)
1110 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 528-5779


Morro Bay

Morro Bay Drug and Gift (kiosk; use envelope for controlled substances)
600 Morro Bay Boulevard, Suite B | (805) 771-9988

Rite Aid (envelope)
740 Quintana Road | (805) 772-6198


Nipomo

Community Health Center Pharmacy (kiosk; use envelope for controlled substances)
150 Tejas Place | (805) 270-1821

CVS (envelope)
610 Tefft Road | (805) 929-2740

Nipomo Rexall Drug (envelope)
330 West Tefft Street | (805) 929-1929

Vons (envelope)
520 West Tefft Street | (805) 931-1850


Paso Robles

Albertsons Sav-On (envelope)
189 Niblick Road | (805) 237-1627

Brooklin Oaks Pharmacy (envelope)
597 12th Street | (805) 296-3770

CVS (envelope)
187 Niblick Road | (805) 238-2815

Rite Aid (envelope)
1151 Creston Road | (805) 239-3028
2424 Spring Street | (805) 239-3208

Target (envelope)
2305 Theatre Drive | (805) 227-0105

Walmart (envelope)
180 Niblick Road | (805) 238-1212


Pismo Beach

CVS (envelope)
827 North Oak Park Boulevard  | (805) 473-1112

Model Drug (kiosk; use envelope for controlled substances)
911 N. Oak Park Boulevard | (805) 481-5111

Rite Aid (envelope)
531 Five Cities Drive | (805) 773-1825


San Luis Obispo

Cal Poly State University Health Services Pharmacy (kiosk; use envelope for controlled substances)
1 Grand Avenue, Bldg. #27 | (805) 756-1211

Costco (envelope)
1540 Froom Ranch | (805) 541-7000

CVS (envelope)
3960 Broad Street | (805) 783-2903
1300 Madonna Road | (805) 549-0991
717 Marsh Street | (805) 547-9885

Kohana Pharmacy (kiosk; use envelope for controlled substances)
181 Tank Farm Road | (805) 542-0864

Rite Aid (envelope)
765 Foothill Boulevard | (805) 543-5697
1251 Johnson Avenue | (805) 545-0655

Target (envelope)
11990 Los Osos Valley Road | (805) 858-9902

Vons (envelope)
3900 Broad Street | (805) 541-1055


Templeton

Central Coast Pharmacy Specialists (envelope)
590 South Main Street | (805) 434-5999

Templeton Hills Pharmacy (envelope)
1050 Las Tablas #1 | (805) 434-1801


Commonly Controlled Substances

Actiq®
Adderall®
Alfenta®
Alfentanil
Alprazolam
Alzapame
Ambien®
Anexsia®
Anodynos-DHC®
Astramorph®
Ativan®
Attenta®
Azdone®
Benzedrine
Beta-phenyl-isopropylamine
Buprenex®
Buprenorphine
Butorphanol
Carisoprodol
Chlorazepate
Chlordiazepoxide
Choral Hydrate
Clonazepam
Cocaine
Cocaine® Topical Solution
Codeine
Codoxyn®
Co-Gesic®
Concerta®
Dalmane®
Damason-P®
Darvocet-N®
Darvon®
Darvon-N®
Daytrana®
Demerol®
Desoxyephedrine
Dexedrine®
Dextroamphetamine
Dextrostat®
Diazepam
Diazepam®
Dilaudid®
Dilaudid-HP®
Dolacet®
Dolophine®
Dover’s Powder®
Duadyne DHC®
Duocet®
Duragesic®
Duramorph®
E-Lor®
Empirin® with Codeine
Endocet®
Epimorph®
Equasym®
Estazolam
Fentanyl
Fentanyl®
Ferndex®
Fiorinal® with Codeine
Flunitrazepam
Flurazepam
Focalin®
Genagesic®
Halcion®
Hydrocet®
Hydrocodone
Hydromorphone
Hydrostat IR®
Hy-Phen®
Infumorph®
Klonopin®
Levo-Dromoran®
Levorphanol
Librium®
Loraxe
Lorazepam
Lorcet®
Lortab®
Lunesta®
Mepergan®
Meperidine
Metadate®
Methadone
Methamphetamine
Methylin®
Methylphenidate
Methylphenidate
Morphine
Morphine Sulfate®
MS Confine
MSIR®
Noctec®
Norcet®
Norco®
Novosecobarb®
Opium
Opium Tincture®
Oralet®
Oramorph SR®
Oxazepam
Oxycet®
Oxycodone
OxyContin®
OxyFAST®
OxylRe
Percocet®
Percodan-Demi®
Propacet®
Propoxyphene
ProSom®
Resoxyn®
Restoril®
Ritalin®
Ritaline®
Ritaline®
RMS®
Rohypnol®
Roxanol®
Roxanol-SR®
Roxicet®
Roxicodone®
Roxilox®
Roxiprin®
Rubifen0
Secobarbital
Seconal®
Serax®
Soma®
Stadol®
Statex®
Sublimaze®
Temazepam
Tranxene®
Triazolam
Tylenol® with Codeine
Tylox®
Uniserts®
Valium®
Valrelease®
Vicodin®
Vicoprofen®
Wygesic®
Xanax®
Zetran®
Zydone®
NOflush

Don’t Flush Down the Toilet

Drugs dissolve when they are flushed down the toilet and can contaminate drinking water sources.

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Always Scratch Out Personal Information

To protect your identity and privacy, scratch out any identifying information before disposing of empty or filled containers. Any empty bottles can be thrown in the trash.

Did You Know?

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