Let’s protect our children, our water and our food supplies, and decrease prescription drug abuse by making it easier to properly dispose of unused or expired medication. Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards, so please do the right thing. Below is a list of locations where you can dispose of your unwanted or expired medication and sharps. Sharps will be accepted in approved containers.
- Dispose of old medicines and sharps promptly. Why? Old medicines can be taken accidentally and sharps are dangerous.
- Medicines and sharps should not be thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet. Medicines flushed down the toilet cannot be cleaned by sewage treatment plants – they go right into the bay. Syringes or pen needles in the garbage or recycling can prick sanitary workers, and these workers might get sick.
What to do
- Take unused or expired medicines and used sharps to a collection site. Most county pharmacies offer this collection service. Bring sharps in a protective red sharp container. New sharps containers are available at each site that accepts sharps.
Bring in waste medicines and sharps to any of these convenient take-back sites around Watsonville:
|Buena Vista Landfill HHW* 1231 Buena Vista Dr. Watsonville, CA 95076 454-2606||Wednesdays, Fridays & Saturdays 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.||Medicines & Sharps|
|CVS Pharmacy 1966 Main St. Watsonville, CA 95076 722-1782||Drop off during pharmacy hours||Sharps Only|
|CVS Pharmacy 490 Rodriguez St. Watsonville, CA 95076 722-9454||Drop off during pharmacy hours||Sharps Only|
|County Health Center 9 Crestview Dr. Watsonville, CA 95076 763-8400||24 hour drop-off||Sharps Only|
|Valle Verde Pharmacy 240 Green Valley Rd. Watsonville, CA 95076 728-2239||Drop off during business hours||Medicines & Sharps|
|Walgreens 1810 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville, CA 95076 768-0183||Drop off during business hours||Medicines & Sharps|
|Watsonville Police Department 215 Union Street Watsonville, CA 95076 768-3300||24 Hour drop off||Medicines only
Controlled drugs accepted
|Watsonville Pharmacy 1433 Freedom Blvd. Watsonville, CA 95076 728-1818||Drop off during business hours||Medicines & Sharps|
|Waste & Recycling Drop-off HHW* 320 Harvest Drive Watsonville, CA 95076 768-3133||Tues., Wed. & 2nd Saturday of each month 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.||Medicines & Sharps|
*HHW – Household Hazardous Waste Facility
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For more information, call 454-2160 or visit www.sharpmedsolutions.org