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Medication disposal kiosk

Lompoc Valley Medical Center Pharmacist Chad Signorelli shows off the hospital’s new medication disposal kiosk.

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center this past week became the first facility in Santa Barbara County to receive a “MED-Project” medication disposal kiosk.

The bright blue kiosk is now in place near LVMC’s cardiopulmonary and laboratory departments. The kiosk is the result of a Santa Barbara County “Safe Drug Disposal” ordinance that requires any producer of prescription and over-the-counter drugs offered for sale in the county to participate in an approved drug stewardship program for collection and disposal of unwanted medications.

Disposing of medications properly is important in order to prevent accidental ingestion or misuse by others in a household, especially children, said Dr. Hossam Gamal, LVMC’s directory of pharmacy services.

The secured kiosk is available for the disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications in any dosage form. Certain items are prohibited, however, including cosmetics, personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, sharps (needles), illicit drugs, thermometers containing mercury and any medications containing iodine.

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More information is available at Eventually, plans call for locations of all kiosks in the county to be listed at the website.

Over the next month, 18 kiosks are slated to be installed throughout the county, and eventually there will be a total of 25, according to Ric Hovsepian, a coordinator of the county’s Medical Reserve Corps.

To protect privacy, consumers are advised to remove all personally identifiable information on prescription labels or materials before disposing of items.

This report was prepared by Willis Jacobson. He can be reached at