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Safe Med Disposal

Three pill bottles with the pills spilling out

Did you know that 66% of children who abuse prescriptions drugs get them from family or friends?Top of Page

Research shows that medications kept in home medicine cabinets and drawers have become the supply of choice for many drug users.  When flushed down toilets or disposed of in the trash, unused and expired medications can also pose significant risks to the environment. 

Residents can help reduce the risk of medications being misused by doing the following:Top of Page

Participate in local Prescription Drug-Take Back Events.

Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), these are free collection events where residents can drop off prescription and over the counter medications safely and anonymously.  In 2016, local law enforcement collected over 650 pounds of drugs.  The events are typically held in April and October.  For specific times and locations, please contact the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency at 528-1103.

Dispose of medications at one of two permanent disposal kiosks in the County.Top of Page

Red Bluff                                                    Corning

Tehama County Sheriff’s Office                                 Corning Police Department

22840 Antelope Blvd.                                               774 Third St.

Hours:  Mon – Fri, 8 am – 5 pm                                 Hours:  24/7

Phone:  (530) 529-7940                                           Phone:   (530) 824-7015

Inventory medications regularly. 

Write down what medications you are taking and the amounts and regularly check to see if any are missing. Download this Home Medicine Inventory card to keep a monthly record of the type and quantity of medication in the home.

Lock up medications. 

Lockable pill boxes and storage boxes can be purchased online or at local retail stores

Butte and Tehama Counties Medication Disposal White Board VideoTop of Page

Check out this video to see if you have been disposing of your medications properly. Visit www.DontRushToFlush.org for more information.

If you would like to stay up to speed on the latest information, Like and Follow the Tehama County Drug Free Community Coalition on Facebook. You can also visit the department page by clicking here.