Safe Med Disposal

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Did you know that 66% of children who abuse prescriptions drugs get them from family or friends?

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:

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.  In 2016, local law enforcement collected over 650 pounds of drugs.  The events are typically held in April and October.  For specific times and locations, please contact the Tehama County Solid Waste Management Agency at 528-1103.

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

Red Bluff Corning
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 Video

Check out this video to see if you have been disposing of your medications properly. Visit for more information.

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