What To Do With Unwanted Medicines

Medicine take-back programs are a secure way to dispose of unwanted household medicines so that they don’t pollute our waterways. And secure medicine take-back is part of a comprehensive approach to preventing prescription drug abuse and reduce poisonings. Unfortunately, there is no statewide program in Washington to take back unwanted household medicines and no dedicated funding for such a program.  You can read more about our efforts to create a drug take back program funded by the drug producers.

Until such a program is created, some pharmacies and law enforcement offices in Washington State have stepped up to collect medicines and dispose of them to protect our communities and our environment.

You can find out more about existing locations to take back unwanted medicines in some Washington counties.

Some Walgreens stores recently began medicine take-back programs. Participating stores are in: Bellingham, Burien, Kennewick, Kent, Kirkland, Lakewood, Lynnwood, Spokane, Tacoma and Vancouver. Find details on Walgreen’s Safe Medicine Disposal Program map here.

For residents of King County, a new producer-provided medicine return program started n January 2017. Learn more about the King County MED-Project program.

Make sure to read the instructions about what medicines are accepted at the specific drop-off locations.

Law enforcement locations can legally collect prescribed controlled substances. Pharmacies and hospitals or clinics with on-site pharmacies can also accept controlled substances from residents, if authorized by the DEA. Controlled substances include narcotics and are drugs with a high potential for abuse or addiction. Examples are amphetamines, Valium, Ritalin, morphine, methadone and OxyContin.

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Last Updated (Sunday, 05 March 2017 15:06)