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  • Protection from Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

    California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith is advising residents where wildfires have been burning, along with people in the smoke’s path, to stay indoors and reduce outdoor activity.

    11/13/2018

  • Family and Food Safety First this Thanksgiving

    Eating healthy this Thanksgiving begins with basic home food safety practices that are known to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses. The Monterey County Health Department is reminding all cooks entering the kitchen this season to follow the Fight BAC!® basics of home food safety: Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill.

    11/12/2018

  • TRUTH Act presentation

    Monterey County Supervisors will hold a special meeting for a TRUTH Act presentation December 11th.

    11/9/2018 3:18:54 PM

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Sharps & Medication Disposal

If you generate sharps waste at home such as needles and syringes or have a collection of unused or expired medicines here is how you can dispose of these items safely.

Medical SharpsPrepare sharps waste for safe storage, handling, and safe disposal.

  1. Obtain a sharps container from your local pharmacy or household hazardous waste (HHW) location.
  2. Discard all used or exposed needles, syringes, and lancets in the sharps container.
  3. When the sharps container is 2/3 full, dispose the container at an approved disposal location.

How to prepare unwanted medicines for disposal at Take-Back locations:

  1. Remove pills from original containers and place in a clear zipper bag. Keep liquids and creams in original containers.
  2. If using original containers, remove or black-out all personal information to protect identity.
  3. Then take your unused medications including liquids or creams to an approved disposal location!

For more information contact 755-4505

Disposal Locations

Sharps Drop Off Locations

Sharps Drop Off Locations (Spanish)

Pharmaceutical Take-Back Locations

Medicamientos Generados en casa locales para devoluciόn

 OTHER RESOURCES:

California Department of Public Health 

http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/HomeHazWaste/sharps/ 

 

National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Events by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ 


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