skip to main content

Safe Med Disposal

top view of prescription bottle with pills inside

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. The events are typically held in April and October.  For specific times and locations, please contact the Tehama County Drug-Free Community Coalition at 528-7356.

Take Back Day

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

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 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.