Temporary Drop-Off Locations
How can I dispose of my unwanted and expired medicines?
Ongoing Temporary Take-Back Programs
For the safety of our kids, families and environment, some law enforcement offices and pharmacies are collecting unwanted medicines from residents until a permanent statewide program is in place. Local governments, businesses, individuals and citizen groups are working to create a statewide program paid for by drug companies. Check here to find a temporary take-back location near you.
What to do when you return your medicines
Check the What Can You Take Back list to see which items are accepted.
Leave medicines in their original containers and, if you wish, mark out any personal information.
Most law enforcement offices listed here can accept all medicines, including controlled substances.
For now, pharmacies cannot accept controlled substances. If you need to dispose of a controlled substance, take it to a participating law enforcement location.
Additional options - If you cannot find a convenient location in your county, check here for what you can do.
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Yelm Police Department206 Mckenzie Ave. SE, Yelm WA 98597 - Thurston County Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm; closed holidays. Accepts controlled substances
Rainier City Hall102 Rochester St W, Rainier WA 98576-9900 - Thurston County Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm Accepts controlled substances
Lacey Police Department420 College St SE, Lacey WA 98503 - Thurston County Open 24 hours, 7 days a week Accepts controlled substances
Thurston County Sheriff's2000 Lakeridege Drive SW, Building 3, Olympia WA 98502 - Thurston County 7 days a week/24 hours a day Accepts controlled substances
Ferndale Haggen Pharmacy1815 Main St, Ferndale WA 98248 - Whatcom County Monday-Friday 9am-9pm; Saturday 9am-7pm;Sunday 9am-6pm No controlled substances
Ferndale Police Department2220 Main St, Ferndale WA 98248 - Whatcom County Monday-Friday 9am-4pm Accepts only narcotic painkillers and prescribed controlled substances. Accepts controlled substances
Bellingham Police Department505 Grand Avenue, Bellingham WA 98225 - Whatcom County Monday-Friday 9am-12pm; 1pm-4pm Controlled substances only. Accepts controlled substances