Prescription Drug Safety

Local Medication Disposal Bins

Do you have expired, unused or unwanted medications? These pharmacies have bins that can take unused or expired medications. They accept controlled substances, like prescription painkillers. These bins help keep communities, waterways and wildlife safe. Call DHHS Healthy Communities for more information.


  • Remove medications from containers
  • Place them in sealed or zipped plastic bags
  • Drop them into the bin
  • Do not drop off sharps (needles, syringes, Epi Pens).

Safely dispose of medications at the following locations:

Arcata Police Department
736 F St.
Arcata, CA 95521

Barnes Arcata Family Drug
1080 G St.
Arcata, CA 95521
Large bins are available at local pharmacies to dispose of old medications.
Eureka Police Department
604 C St.
Eureka, CA 95501

Green's Pharmacy
906 Main St.
Fortuna, CA 95540

Lima's Professional Pharmacy
2097 Harrison Ave.
Eureka, CA 95501

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
826 Fourth St.
Eureka, CA 95501

Humboldt County Sheriff's Office
715 Cedar St.
Garberville, CA 95542

Palco Pharmacy
113 Main St.
Scotia, CA 95565

Ring's Pharmacy
362 Main St.
Ferndale, CA 95536

Willow Creek Pharmacy
39050 U.S. Highway 299
Willow Creek, CA 95573
Overdose, injury and suicide can be prevented with safe storage of firearms, alcohol, cannabis and medications

Medication Safety Resources

An increasing avenue for abuse stems from kids accessing unlocked medicine cabinets in their own homes. Reducing adverse consequences from alcohol and other drug use involves separating those at risk from the means to harm themselves.  Additional community and online resources include: