MEDICATION AND NEEDLE DISPOSAL – CONSUMER SURVEY
Sonoma County Waste Management Agency is working to make it easier for residents to safely dispose of unwanted medication and needles. To do this in the best possible way, your input is needed. Please fill out this short 3-4 minute survey to let us know which disposal options would work best for you and to share your thoughts on this issue. Your answers are anonymous.
Who do you think should pay for the safe disposal of medication? What do you currently do with your unwanted medication?
The Safe Medicine Disposal Program is partnering with local agencies, pharmacies and law enforcement offices to provide safe medicine disposal locations throughout Sonoma and Mendocino Counties. Disposing of medicine through the program is easy, free of charge, and open to the public.
Why is this a problem?
Protect the environment
Recent studies show that pharmaceuticals in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. When flushed down the drain, some medications are not completely removed by wastewater treatment plants and are discharged to surface waters. Proper disposal of unused pharmaceuticals can help protect the environment.
Protect young children from accidental poisonings
Colorful pills and packaging can be attractive to young children. About 165 young children − or roughly four school bus loads of children − are seen in U.S. emergency rooms each day after getting into medications. Trips to the ER can easily be prevented! Learn more.
Keep medications out of the wrong hands
Unused and readily accessible medicines have the potential to be misused and abused, especially by teens. Prescription medications are the most commonly abused substance in the U.S. Learn more.