Medicine & Prescription Drugs

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HazMobile Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Unwanted and outdated prescription medications can be disposed of through the program Operation Medicine Cabinet and the Safe Medicine Disposal Program.

Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Mendocino County Sheriff Office
589A Low Gap Road
Ukiah, CA 95482
(707) 463-4411
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Police Department
300 Seminary Ave
(707) 463-6242
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Senior Center
497 Leslie Street
(707) 462-4343
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Accepted items: prescription and over-the-counter pills and capsules, liquid medications (including ointments, lotions and creams in sealed containers), veterinary medications, vitamins, supplements, homeopathic remedies, medical patches, inhalers (empty), medical samples.

Unaccepted items: epi-pens and other needles/sharps/syringes, controlled substances, illegal drugs, medical marijuana, IV bags, bloody or infectious waste, chemotherapy drugs (ask your health care provider for disposal options), other medical waste, thermometers, aerosol cans, personal care products (body lotion, shampoo, etc.), batteries.

The Mendocino Solid Waste Management Authority also accepts unused medicine through their HazMobile Program.

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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.

Disposing of Drugs at Home

If you end up disposing of drugs at home, follow this four-step in-home disposal method.

Alternative Ways to Recycle

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Give to a DEA-Authorized Collector

Some pharmacies and law enforcement offices are registered with the DEA as authorized drug collectors; you can drop-off unused or unwanted drugs at these locations. Find a DEA-authorized disposal location.

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Walgreens Safe Medication Disposal Program

Select Walgreens locations now have kiosks for safe medication disposal. Find a kiosk here.

Did You Know?

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - English Video

Don't Rush to Flush Unwanted Medications - Spanish Video