Do a Checkup on Your Doctor's License
The Medical Board of California encourages consumers to check up on their doctor's license. Such a checkup is simple and helps a consumer make an informed choice when choosing a doctor. To determine a doctor's status, go to the Medical Board's website at www.mbc.ca.gov or call (800) 633-2322. You can also sign up for alerts to be notified by email of any disciplinary actions taken against a physician's license, including probationary status, suspension or revocation.
How to Dispose of Prescription Drugs
If you have a medicine cabinet full of expired or unused medications, don't discard them down the sink! Disposing of expired, unused, or unwanted drugs down the sink or toilet poses serious health hazards to the water supply and the environment. View the links below to find out about environmentally-appropriate disposal options.
EDCO Waste Disposal, 2755 California Avenue, Signal Hill
EDCO Waste Disposal's Environmental Collection Center is open the second Saturday of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Medicine, Sharps, Household Hazardous Waste, Pesticides and E-Waste are all accepted at that time. For more information call (562) 597-0608 or visit their website.
Walgreens Medication Disposal Kiosks
Walgreens is installing kiosks in 500 stores in the hope of giving customers a way to quickly and easily dispose of their unused drugs. These medication disposal kiosks will allow individuals to safely and conveniently dispose of their unwanted, unused or expired prescriptions, including controlled substances and over-the-counter medications, at no cost. Drop-off is available during regular pharmacy hours, and all day at locations open 24-hours. For more information visit the Walgreens website.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Guidelines for Medication Disposal
Please visit the FDA website.