New Places to Dispose of Medication

Press release from Humboldt County Department of Health & Human Services:

Cloney’s pharmacies have set up two medication disposal bins, one at one of its Eureka locations, and one at its McKinleyville location.

There will be a ribbon cutting at the Eureka location, 2515 Harrison Ave. at 10:30 a.m., on Monday, March 28.

The bins will accept all medications, prescription and non-prescription, including controlled substances such as opioid painkillers. Humboldt County has a high rate of prescription medication overdose deaths, and these bins will help reduce the number of dangerous medications in the community.

“We are excited to have our first two bins in Humboldt that will accept narcotic medications,” said ASAP member Christy Fausone. “This is a great opportunity for community members to easily dispose of their unused prescriptions safely.”

For more information about safe medication disposal, visithumboldtgov.org/2151/Prescription-Drug-Safety.

 

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6 comments

  • Better lock those bins behind steel doors with heavy locks…. pill poppers dream score!

  • “Hello, what’s this? Wire hangers. Expired medicine. Old newspapers!

    [hyperventilates]

    Okay, Homer, stay calm. Just quietly get this stuff inside your house.”

  • THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAM TO SUPPORT! Many studies have shown that there are traces of prescription drugs in our (municipal) water systems (etc.) all over this country. Part of the problem is from the mindset/solution of a couple/few decades ago that instructed us to ‘flush old meds down the toilet’! Also, these drugs, as they are designed, quickly breakdown and then leach into groundwater from dumps and landfills. Like with recycling, WE ALL NEED TO DO OUR PART to create a healthier, less-toxic society. FIND A SAFE PLACE IN YOUR HOME TO COLLECT THESE ITEMS, then periodically take them to the bins. Hats off to Cloney’s and to all of you who make the extra effort to recycle old medications, etc. Thanks Kym for sharing this (and an occasional reminder wouldn’t hurt)!

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