Unused and Outdated Medicines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.

Disposal of controlled substances

Controlled substances are more difficult to dispose of. It is a felony to knowingly give a controlled substance to another person. Please call the Lewis County Sheriff's office for disposal options. The number is (360) 748-9286.

Vitamins, supplements, and herbals can be found in most households. These items are used by many people to improve health and vitality. Some of these items go unused. Some also have expiration dates.

In the event an item must be disposed of it is safe to dispose of these items in the regular garbage.

Items not included in medicine take back programs

There are many items that are not accepted in a medicine take back program. Sryringes, IV bags, infectious waste, and personal care products are included items.