Dispose of Medicine Safely

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safemeds-3788-merchantThere are now over 20 locations where you can go to get rid of unwanted or expired medicine!

Find a location near you that now includes local pharmacies at smchealth.org/RxDisposal. Don’t see your local pharmacy on the list of collection locations? Ask the owner or manager to join the MED-Project Safe Disposal Program to make medicine disposal more convenient for you and your neighbors!

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New Medicine Disposal Location in San Mateo County

New Walgreens medicine disposal bin in Burlingame.

New Walgreens medicine disposal bin in Burlingame.

Do you have unwanted medicine just sitting in your medicine cabinet that you’re not quite sure how to get rid of?

San Mateo County is excited to announce that Walgreens is helping promote the proper disposal and management of unused and expired medicines by setting up a new disposal bin at their location in Burlingame at 260 El Camino Real. But before you pay the bin a visit, we encourage you to call for pharmacy hours of operation first.

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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Medications

There are currently 14 medicine drop off locations in San Mateo County

There are currently 14 medicine drop off locations in San Mateo County

Prescription medication can save lives, but also can take lives. Overdoses and accidental poisonings are just two tragic consequences of a drug problem that’s engulfed the nation — including San Mateo County.

The use of prescription medication is on the rise. This leads to a lot of pills in household medicine cabinets, easily accessed by anyone: unsuspecting children, curious teens, forgetful seniors, thieving addicts. Crime, along with physical peril, commonly stems from the misuse of these drugs. Due in part to unsecured, improperly stored prescription medications being readily accessible in the home, the abuse of prescription medications is a growing problem, particularly among teens. Continue reading