MEDfaq

What is the MED-Project?

MED-Project is the entity implementing the Product Stewardship Plan, including the education and outreach programming.

What should I do if I am having a medical emergency?

If you are having a medical emergency, contact emergency medical services immediately by dialing 911.

What should I do if I think I have ingested something poisonous?

If you think you have ingested something poisonous, contact emergency services immediately. Please dial 911 or contact your local poison control center.

What should I do if I think I or someone in my household has been stuck by a used sharp?
  1. Wash the exposed area right away with water and soap or use a skin disinfectant (antiseptic) such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.
  2. Seek immediate medical attention by calling your physician or local hospital.

Follow these same instructions if you get blood or other bodily fluids in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your skin. For more information on viruses and needle-stick prevention, visit the Food and Drug Administration’s website.

What should I do if my pet has ingested medication?

If you believe your pet may have ingested human or animal medication not intended for consumption by your pet, please contact your veterinarian or local animal poison control hotline.

Whom should I call with a question about my medication or sharps?

Please direct all questions regarding your medication and sharps to your health care provider.

Where can I find information about the safe storage of medication or sharps?

You should follow any storage instructions provided by your healthcare provider and any written instructions provided with your medication or listed on its packaging. In addition, many government agencies provide information regarding safe storage of medication. Possible sources include the National Institutes of Health's information page and the CDC's information page.

Where can I find information about California’s Prop 65?

California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) provides information regarding Proposition 65. Information can be accessed via OEHHA's Proposition 65 web site.

Can I flush my medication down the toilet?

Do not flush prescription medications down the toilet unless the information on the label, package or package insert specifically instructs you to do so. Never place sharps in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet.

Should I remove my personal information before disposing of my medication or sharps?

Please remove all personal and identifying information from labels and/or packaging before disposal of expired or Unwanted Medicines.

Where are the MED-Project disposal locations nearest me?

MED-Project is providing disposal locations throughout the unincorporated areas of the City. For more information about the location nearest to you, please visit the Convenient Locations portion of the MED-Project web site.

Will it cost me anything to dispose of my expired or unwanted medications or sharps?

There will be no fee for disposal charged at the point of collection.

How do I dispose of my Unwanted Medicines or Sharps?

Sharps may be deposited at sharps kiosks at MED-Project collection sites. Unwanted Medicines may be deposited at separate unwanted medicines kiosks at MED-Project collection sites.

Where else can I find information about the safe disposal of expired or Unwanted Medicines?

Several government agencies provide information regarding safe disposal of medication. Please refer to the FDA’s website for more information: “Consumer Updates: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines.”

Where else can I find information about the safe disposal of Sharps?

Several government agencies provide information regarding safe disposal of sharps. Please refer to the FDA’s website (“Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings)”).

What is recommended for safe disposal of expired or Unwanted Medicines and/or Sharps in Santa Cruz County?

The following disposal options and sequence should be considered when disposing of Unwanted Medicines and Sharps:

Check the Package: If there are any specific instructions for disposal on the label, package or package insert, please follow those instructions.Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless the information on the package specifically instructs you to do so.

To protect your privacy, consumers are reminded to remove all personally identifiable information on medication labels or packaging before disposing of Unwanted Medicines.

Never place Sharps in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet. Disposing of sharps in the trash or recycling may put trash and sewage workers, janitors, housekeepers, household members, and children at risk of being harmed.

Convenient Locations: Community kiosk drop-off sites allow residents to bring expired or Unwanted Medicines and Sharps to free, convenient, locations for proper disposal. For more information, please visit the Convenient Locations portion of the MED-Project web site.

Mail-Back Packages: Mail-Back services may be available to residents upon request. For more information, please visit the Mail-Back portion of the MED-Project website.

In-Home Disposal: If no disposal instructions are given on the drug labeling and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps:

  1. Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds, dirt, or kitty litter (this makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs).
  2. Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.*

Never place Sharps in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet. Disposing of Sharps in the trash or recycling may put trash and sewage workers, janitors, housekeepers, household members, and children at risk of being harmed.