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Why Safely Dispose of Medication?

To Protect our Kids & the Environment

1. Stop accidental poisoning
  • About half of the Washington State Poison Center calls are related to young children accidentally ingesting medications found at home1.
  • Young children, pets, and seniors are at risk of accidental poisonings by unlocked medications in the home.
  • In the case of an accidental ingestion, call the Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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2. Reduce Access to prescription drugs

More than 4 in 10 teens who misused or abused a prescription drug took it from their parent’s medicine cabinet.2 Keep all medications, alcohol, and marijuana locked and out of reach of teens and young children.

3. Keep our waterways and environment healthy
  • Reduce chemicals in the environment by disposing of medications at a drug take back site.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain – drugs are harmful to our water and our environment.3
  • Do not throw away medication in the trash – it’s easily accessible to people going through trash, or it will eventually end up in our water or environment.

1. Washington Poison Center:, 2017
2. Partnership for Drug Free Kids
3. Environmental Protection Agency, How to Dispose of Medicines Properly, 2011

Unwanted or Unused Medications?

Safely dispose of medications at a local drug take back site and note the specifications for medication return at each site.

Find the closest site to you at

Remember: Keep any medications in your home out of reach and locked away.

Prescription Drug Disposal Events in Southwest Region

As of October 2018, over 27,631 lbs of drugs have been collected at drug disposal events throughout the Southwest Region (Clark, Skamania, Klickitat counties).

Prescription Drug Disposal Events in Clark County

FREE Year-Round Disposal of Medications and Sharps

Unwanted medications and Sharps can be disposed of year-round at several collection sites across Clark County:

Safely Dispose Meds

Prescription Medications

    • Medications do not need to be in the original container unless otherwise specified
    • Remove or obscure all patient information from containers
    • All sites take liquids unless otherwise specified
Battle Ground Police

(360) 342-5100
507 SW 1st St.,
Battle Ground
Open: M-F, 10 to 5

La Center Police

(360) 263-2745
105 W. 5th Street
La Center
Open: M-F, 8 to 5

Vancouver Police: East

521 SE 155th Avenue
Open: M-F, 8 to 5

Walgreens Fishers Landing

(Fisher’s Landing)
(360) 885-2938
1905 SE 164th Ave
Open: 24 hours/day
Call for availability

Walgreens Salmon Creek

(Salmon Creek)
(360) 574-0914
2100 NE 139th St.
Open: M-F; 8am-10pm, Sa, 9am-6pm, Su, 10am-6pm
Call for availability

Skamania County Sheriff’s Office

509-427-9490 ex. 2008
200 Vancouver Ave NW, Stevenson
Open: 24 hours/day
*Rx Liquids Only*

Camas Police

(360) 834-4151
2100 NE 3rd Ave.
Open: M-F, 8 to 5

Ridgefield Police

(360) 887-3556
116 North Main
Open: M-F, 8:30 to 5

Vancouver Police: West

(360) 487-7345
2800 Stapleton Rd.
Open: M-F, 8 to 5

Washougal Police

(360) 835-8701
1302 A Street
Open: M-F, 9 to 5

PeaceHealth Southwest Outpatient Pharmacy

(360) 514-2294
400 NE Mother Joseph Pl, Vancouver
Open: M-F, 9-8:30
*Meds in original packaging only*
*NO Controlled Medications*

Disposing of Sharps and Over-the-Counter Medications?

  • Use an approved sharps container when transporting sharps

  • If an approved sharps container is not available, use a rigid plastic container with a lid (ex: plastic milk jug) and label the container: WARNING SHARPS — DO NOT RECYCLE

  • The transfer stations also accept over-the-counter medications and inhalers

Sharps are only accepted at sites listed below:

– Central Transfer & Recycling
– Ridgefield Police
– Washougal Transfer Station
– West Van Materials Recovery

Central Transfer & Recycling Center

(360) 256-8482
11034 NE 117th Ave, Vancouver
Open: M-F: 6am–6pm;  Sat-Sun: 8am–4pm

Washougal Transfer Station

(360) 835-2500
4020 S. Grant Street, Washougal
Open: M-F: 7am–5pm; Sat-Sun: 8am–4pm

West Van Materials Recovery Center

(360) 737-1727
6601 NW Old Lower River Rd, Vancouver
Open: M-F: 6am–6pm; Sat-Sun: 8am–4pm

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Wednesday January 30, 2019
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm