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FREE Year-Round Disposal of Medications
Unwanted medications can be disposed of year-round for free at several take-back collection sites across Washington State. Find a nearby medicine disposal location by going to www.med-project.org or by clicking on the button below.
Download a Medicine and Sharps Disposal Flyer
Download flyers for Clark, Skamania, and Klickitat counties that lists the medicine and Sharps/syringe disposal sites and includes smart tips for proper disposal and safe storage.
Why Safely Dispose of Medication?
To Protect our Kids and 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.
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: takebackyourmeds.org, 2017
2. Partnership for Drug Free Kids
3. Environmental Protection Agency, How to Dispose of Medicines Properly, 2011
Tips: Disposing of Prescription Medications
- Medication in their original container or sealed bag and any dosage form are accepted at medicine disposal sites, except for herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, medical devices, batteries, mercury thermometers, and illicit drugs.
- Remove or obscure all patient information from medication labels or packaging before disposing of unwanted medicine at a disposal site.
- Do not place medicine in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet.
Tips: Disposing of Sharps/Syringes 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