New Secure Medicine Return Program

Safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted medicines 

King County residents can safely dispose of the medicines they no longer need by taking  them to a drop-box located throughout King County. Participating pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and law enforcement offices will accept most prescription and over-the-counter medicines for disposal. Mail-back envelopes are also available for residents that are home bound or have limited mobility. There is no cost to residents to use this service.

Help keep our kids, families and communities safe


Children can be curious
Children can be curious and can get into medicines or mistake them for candy. A leading cause of preventable poisoning for children under age six is medicines found in the home.
Safely storing what you need and disposing of what you don’t helps keep families safe.

 


Teens believe it’s safe
Many teens mistakenly believe it is safe to misuse prescription and over-the-counter drugs because they get them from the home. More than half of teens surveyed say they get the drugs they abuse from their family or friend’s medicine cabinet, often without anyone’s knowledge. Safely disposing of what you no longer need reduces access and helps keep families safe.

 


Seniors keep loved ones safe
More than 50 percent of seniors take more than five medications or supplements daily. Storing medicines that are no longer needed with these five or more medications can put seniors at risk for not taking medications as prescribed and are accessible to others for misuse and accidental poisoning. Safely storing what you need and disposing of what you don’t help keep those you love safe from accidental poisoning and addiction.

 


 

Information for collection locations

How to Participate Stewardship Plan Regulations
Pharmacies
Law Enforcement
Contact MED-Project
Approved Stewardship Plan
Participating Drug Companies
Covered Drugs
Board of Health Ch. 11.50
DEA Final Rule
DEA Authorized Collector
WPQAC Guidance Document