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Saturday, April 29, 2017, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On this day, hundreds of locations throughout California will be accepting and properly disposing of unused prescription drugs, including controlled substances. Proper disposal of unused prescription drugs helps prevent diversion and misuse associated with these medications.

This one-day event will provide patients with free, anonymous collection of unwanted and expired medicines. In addition to providing a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, the event also aims to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications. A significant component of the prescription drug abuse and diversion problem stems from misuse of unused drugs.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, over 71 percent of prescription pain medications are obtained from family and friends, and 5 percent took the medication from a friend or relative without asking.

Starting July 1st 2016 Humboldt Waste Management Authority will no longer be accepting medications at our household hazardous waste facility on Hawthorne st.

However, there are convenient locations throughout Humboldt and Del Norte counties to dispose of your medications free of charge.

Other sites:

Cloneys Pharmacy
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-6 pm
2515 Harrison Ave.,
Eureka, CA 95501 (707-443-7086)

Cloneys Pharmacy
Mon-Fri 8:30 am-6 pm
1567 City Center Rd.
Mckinleyville, CA 95519
(707) 840-9923

Greens Pharmacy
Mon-Fri 9 am-7 pm
1058 Main St.
Fortuna, CA 95565
(707) 725-4431

Not Accepted: Sharps, medical waste, biological waste or hazardous waste.