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Humboldt Waste Management Authority to collect unwanted medications for proper disposal

EUREKA- Saturday is the 8th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, and the Humboldt Waste Management Authority will be collecting unwanted medications for proper disposal.

HWMA has been holding Prescription Roundup events twice a year for four years. On Saturday, people will be able to drop off their over the counter or prescription medications to the HWMA Household Hazardous Waste Facility, just like they can throughout year. However, an officer with the Eureka Police Department will be there Saturday so that people will be able to drop off narcotics as well. HWMA officials say the prescription round up benefits the community for multiple reasons.

"We want to make sure that people that have pharmaceuticals in their home don't dispose of them by flushing them down the toilet, which can have an environmental impact.  We don't want them to leave old medications in their medicine chest where they can be mistakenly taken by someone who thinks they're taking the right medication and reaches for the wrong bottle, the out-of-date or misprescribed one, and we certainly don't want them to be diverted and fall into the hands of our young people," said Brent Whitener, the Programs Manager for HWMA.

To participate in the Prescription Roundup, go to the HWMA Household Hazardous Waste Facility at 1059 West Hawthorne Street in Eureka, and drive through the recycling gate. 

The event starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m.