Unused and Outdated Medicines

In November 2020, RCW 69.48 established Washington’s Safe Medication Return program (also known as the Drug Take-Back program).

Here is the link to the site that explains the program, and helps you search for the medication drop-off nearest you.

Please do not flush medications down the toilet, or dispose of them in the trash. Here is a list of items you can include in this program:

  • Prescription medications
  • Non-prescription (over-the-counter medications)
  • Controlled substances (such as OxyContin, Ritalin)
  • Pet medications

Items not included in medicine take back programs

There are many items that are not accepted in a medicine take back program. These include:

  • Herbal remedies
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements
  • Cosmetics
  • Personal care products
  • Aerosols
  • Pet pesticide products
  • Exposed sharps
  • Illicit drugs
  • Medicines from businesses