Medicine Disposal

Washington state is working on a state-wide method of medication disposal. Until that time, please follow these instructions:
  1. Do not flush medicines down the toilet or drain. Flushing drugs adds to pollution in our waters because wastewater and septic systems are not designed to treat these chemicals.
  2. Use community drug take-back programs for proper disposal, if available. Contact your local police or sheriff's department to see if they offer secure disposal of medicines.
  3. If a collection program for unwanted medicines is not available near you, mix your medicines with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds, put this into a container with a lid, conceal personal information and place the sealed container in the trash. Make sure your trash cannot be accessed by children, pets, or others who might be looking in garbage for drugs.
Please call 800-732-9253 for medicine return locations or other questions.