There 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!
Elizabeth Rouan and her award.
San Mateo County attended a statewide conference in early November and came back with two awards we are very proud to share!
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.
Environmental Health Services is a division within San Mateo County Health System that ensures the restaurants you frequent are safe, the hotels your family and friends stay at are pest free, and residents and businesses that live or operate in this County are properly disposing of hazardous waste. Our Division is also responsible for protecting water by making sure septic tanks and groundwater are managed properly, graywater is used safely, and so much more! There are approximately 70 of us working on a variety of programs, including our amazing administrative staff.
Now that you know a little more about us, we want to tell you about some of our major accomplishments in 2015. Continue reading
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