Safely Disposing of Unwanted Meds in Snohomish County
Program details below are for residents only.
All prescription drugs, INCLUDING narcotic pain killers and prescribed "controlled substances" . . . take to a law enforcement location. There are currently 27 sites in Snohomish County.
||All prescription drugs, EXCEPT narcotic pain killers and prescribed "controlled substances" . . . take to a pharmacy-based drop-off location. There are currently 13 sites in Snohomish County.|
Steps to Follow:
For free disposal of your unwanted medications, including narcotics and prescribed controlled substances, please follow these instructions:
- Gather all unwanted meds from wherever you have them stored (drawers, medicine cabinet, etc.)
- Check the list to see which items are accepted. Narcotics and prescribed controlled substances (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc.) are accepted ONLY at law enforcement locations.
- Bring accepted items to the most convenient location. Leave items in their original containers. At law enforcement sites and Bartell Drugs locations your items will be quickly screened to make sure they don't include items that cannot be accepted, such as mercury thermometers and needles. You will have an opportunity to mark out any personal information. Do NOT mark out the name of the medication. No questions will be asked, though your zip code will be recoreded for research purposes.
- Place the items into the secure double-locked collection box.
Items Accepted and Not Accepted (view list)
Drop-Off Locations in Snohomish County (view list)
Business Pharmaceutical Waste
For guidance about disposal of business pharmaceutical waste, call 425-388-3199 or visit the Department of Ecology pharmaceutical waste site.
Call the program information line at 425-388-3199.
View Pharmaceutical page.