No Drugs Down the Drain

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.


Be Safe

  • Dispose of old medicines and sharps promptly. Why? Old medicines can be taken accidentally and sharps are dangerous.


Be Informed

  • 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:

LOCATION SPECIAL NOTES ACCEPTED
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

YOUR PARTICIPATION DIRECTLY IMPACTS OUR ENVIRONMENT!

For more information, call 454-2160 or visit www.sharpmedsolutions.org