Medication Disposal | Humboldt County Memorial Hospital

Humboldt County Memorial Hospital offers free unused medication disposal. Feel free to bring in all unused medications including legally-held controlled substances, such as narcotics (Schedules /I-VJ into the MedSafe Collection Receptacle located at the HCMH Pharmacy.

  • Leave medications in original packaging/containers when possible.
  • NO liquid containers larger than 4 oz. Place in a plastic baggy before depositing.
  • NO sharps containers, needles, syringes, batteries, aerosol spray cans, trash, medical devices, chemicals, or other hazardous materials.

HCMH Drug Bin Disposal Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m.-4 p.m.

MedSafe is only available for use when pharmacy is open. If locked, please return during pharmacy hours. DO NOT LEAVE MEDICATION OUTSIDE OF THE MEDSAFE BIN!

Acceptable & Unacceptable Medications

Unused or expired prescribed (Rx) or over-the-counter (OTC) dispensed medicines, including controlled substances (Schedules 11-V.) No Schedule I/illegal drugs, such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin or meth.

Acceptable for Disposal:

  • Pills, tablets, capsules
  • Ointments
  • Creams
  • Lotions
  • Powders
  • Liquid medicines - no more than 4 oz.
    • Solutions, suspensions
    • Liquids must be in their original containers, wrapped in a paper towel and sealed in a plastic bag before being placed in MedSafe.

Unacceptable for Disposal:

  • Aerosol spray cans*
  • Alcohol or hydrogen peroxide
  • Needles, syringes or sharps containers
  • More than 4 oz. of liquid*
  • Trash
  • Mercury thermometers*
  • Batteries
  • Chemicals
  • Home-based care (HBC) or durable medical equipment (DME) supplies

Questions? Please call the HCMH Pharmacy at (515) 332-7605.