Medication/Used Sharps Disposal Program

Cochise County Household Medication Disposal Program

The impacts of improper medication disposal into water supplies and trash is an issue nationwide. In light of this public health threat Cochise Health & Social Services, the Cochise County Sherriff’s Office and Fire, Police and Hospital partners throughout the county are now providing community households with a comprehensive medication disposal program. Our program provides free disposal locations for all Cochise County households.  We currently have twelve drop off locations convientenly located through out Cochise County. (Please note that due to space and resource limitations, medications cannot be accepted from doctors' offices, health clinics, or other businesses).

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Cochise County Locations:

  • Fry Fire Department - 4817 S. Apache Ave., Sierra VistaMedBox.jpg
  • Tombstone Fire Department - 315 E. Fremont St., Tombstone      
  • Huachuca City Fire Department - 500 N. Gonzales Blvd., Huachuca City
  • Bisbee Police Department - 1 W. Highway 92, Bisbee
  • Douglas Fire Department - 1400 E. 10th St., Douglas
  • Sunsites Fire Department - 105 Tracy Rd., Pearce                  
  • Elfrida Fire Department - 10293 N. Central Hwy, Elfrida            
  • Willcox Police Department - 320 Rex Allen Dr., Willcox
  • Northern Cochise Community Hospital - 901 W. Rex Allen Dr., Willcox
  • Whetstone Fire Department - 2422 N. Firehouse Ln., Huachuca City
  • Benson Hospital - 450 S. Ocotillo Ave., Benson  
  • Palominas Fire Department - 10202 S. Highway 92, Palominas

 

Accepted Items:  Non-accepted items:
Household prescription medications and ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, medication samples, pet medications, written prescriptions, prescription pads Hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, liquids, medications from doctors' offices or health clinics, needles, thermometers

Background:

“Several states, cities, and counties throughout the United States and worldwide have successfully initiated unwanted medicine collection programs. These efforts aim to reduce the human and environmental risks associated with the disposal of unwanted medicines.

This report “Disposal of Unwanted Medicines: A Resource for Action in Your Community” Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant from U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program, 2009, “provides background on this topic and includes information on disposal options, risks posed by unwanted medicine disposal, studies where pharmaceutical chemicals have been detected in the environment, the types of pharmaceutical chemicals most frequently detected in water bodies, and the various pathways by which these substances enter the environment.”  

For further information on the Cochise County Medication Disposal Program, please contact CHSS at 520.432.9400 or the CCSO at 520.432.9500


Cochise County Community Used Sharps Disposal Program

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Cochise Health & Social Services is offering the Community Used Sharps Disposal Program for Cochise County.  Residents may drop off acceptable sharps containers at the following CHSS locations daily, between 8a.m. and 5p.m. Call (520) 432-9407, email: sharpsdisposal@cochise.az.gov

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Program Features:

  • Free used sharps disposal at all CHSS locations, in approved containers.
  • 1 gallon sharps containers available for purchase to residents at $5 per container for assistance with proper disposal. 
 
Participating Locations:
 

Bisbee

1415 Melody Lane, Bldg, A

Bisbee, AZ 85603

Benson

126 W. 5th St.

Benson, AZ 85602

Willcox

450 S. Haskell Ave.

Willcox, AZ 85643

Douglas

1012 N. G. Ave., Ste. 101

Douglas, AZ 85607

Sierra Vista

4115 E. Foothills Dr.

Sierra Vista, AZ 85635

 

 

HELP PRESERVE OUR ENVIRONMENT BY PROPERLY DISPOSING OF NEEDLES/SHARPS WHICH ARE HAZARDOUS WASTE. 

The handling and disposal of used home generated medical sharps such as needles, syringes, and lancets, are exempted from regulation in Arizona's Medical Waste Regulations (Arizona Administrative Code (A.A.C.) R18-13-1401 et seq.). However, these materials still need to be handled safely. We need your help in ensuring that medical sharps are disposed of in a manner that minmizes health risks to garbage haulers, landfill personnel and the community.

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