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  • Recent Cannabis Raid a Reminder that Unpermitted Growing Operations are Illegal

    A recent multi-agency raid on multiple illegal cannabis growing operations in south Monterey County is a reminder that there are restrictions on cultivating cannabis in Monterey County. Engaging in cannabis-related activity in violation of County laws is subject to law enforcement action.

    10/16/2017 9:43:00 AM

  • Health Officials Encourage Public to Get Vaccinated Early in the Season

    Public Health Departments around the Bay Area are announcing that influenza season is beginning. Because the flu is unpredictable and the vaccine takes two weeks to become fully effective, Monterey County health officials urge everyone six months and older to get vaccinated early in the season. It’s important to get vaccinated prior to the circulation of influenza in your community.

    10/2/2017 9:00:00 AM

  • National Food Safety Education Month - Awards of Excellence

    In recognition of September being designated as National Food Safety Education Month, the Environmental Health Bureau of the Monterey County Health Department announced today the recipients of its Award of Excellence, a highlight of the Monterey County Health Department’s Gold Seal program for retail food facilities.

    9/26/2017 3:10:00 PM


Sharps/Medication Disposal



Sharps & Medication Disposal

If you generate sharps waste at home such as needles and syringes or have a collection of unused or expired medicines here is how you can dispose of these items safely.

Medical SharpsPrepare sharps waste for safe storage, handling, and safe disposal.

  1. Obtain a sharps container from your local pharmacy or household hazardous waste (HHW) location.
  2. Discard all used or exposed needles, syringes, and lancets in the sharps container.
  3. When the sharps container is 2/3 full, dispose the container at an approved disposal location.

How to prepare unwanted medicines for disposal at Take-Back locations:

  1. Remove pills from original containers and place in a clear zipper bag. Keep liquids and creams in original containers.
  2. If using original containers, remove or black-out all personal information to protect identity.
  3. Then take your unused medications including liquids or creams to an approved disposal location!

For more information contact 755-4505

Disposal Locations

Sharps Drop Off Locations

Sharps Drop Off Locations (Spanish)

Pharmaceutical Take-Back Locations

Medicamientos Generados en casa locales para devoluciόn


California Department of Public Health 



National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Events by U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)



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