Where to Drop off Unwanted Medications
Safe and free disposal of unwanted and unused medications is available. Safe disposal reduces risks of accidental poisonings or intentional misuse. It also helps keep medications out of our drinking water, lakes, rivers, streams, and Puget Sound. Remove unwanted and expired medications from your home to reduce risks of accidental poisonings and prescription drug misuse. Learn more about opioid use prevention.
The sites listed below accept prescription medications, including controlled substances*, prescription samples, pet medications, medicated ointments or lotions, inhalers, and liquid medications in leak proof containers. We recommend that you call locations in advance to make sure the hours are current and the drop box is not currently full.
Please note: None of the locations listed accept sharps (needles), thermometers, bloody or infectious wastes, or wastes from medical businesses. If you use sharps, learn how to dispose of them safely.
Medicine mail-back envelopes are also available to safely return unwanted medications. The medicine mail-back envelopes are free, prepaid, and preaddressed. Locations that supply the medicine mail-back envelopes are listed below.
Medicine Take Back Drop Box Locations and Medicine Mail-Back Supply Locations
|Walmart Stores (except Yelm)
|Bucoda Town Hall (mail-back supply location)
101A East 7th St, Bucoda
|Costco Pharmacy (mail-back supply location)
1470 Marvin Rd NE, Lacey
|Hawks Prairie Healthmart (mail-back supply location)
2539 Marvin Rd NE, Suite E, Lacey
|Lacey Police Department
420 College Street SE, Lacey
Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am - 5pm
4775 Whitman Lane SE, Lacey
4776 Whitman Lane SE, Lacey
4700 Yelm Hwy SE, Lacey
1243 Marvin Rd NE, Lacey
6200 Pacific Ave SE, Lacey
5110 Yelm Hwy SE, Lacey
3520 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia
|Evergreen State College Police Department
2731 McCann Plaza Drive NW, Olympia
1313 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia
700 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia
|Kaiser Permanente - West Olympia
1200 Cooper Point Rd SW, Ste 100, Olympia
|Olympia Police Department
601 Fourth Ave E, Olympia City Hall
Open Monday - Friday, 10am - 3pm
|Providence St. Peter's Hospital Pharmacy
413 Lilly Rd NE, Olympia
|Ralph’s Thriftway Pharmacy
1908 Fourth Ave E, Olympia
305 Cooper Point Rd NW, Ste 103, Olympia
3215 Harrison Ave NW, Olympia
4280 Martin Way E
|SeaMar Community Health Center Pharmacy
3030 Limited Lane NW, Olympia
1510 Cooper Point Rd SW, Olympia
|Rainier City Hall (mail-back supply location)
102 Rochester St W, Rainier
|Rainier Senior Center (mail-back supply location)
108 Michigan St S, Rainier
|Tenino City Hall (mail-back supply location)
149 Hodgden St S, Tenino
|Costco Pharmacy (mail-back supply location)
5500 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater
|Tumwater Police Department
555 Israel Rd SW, Tumwater
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
520 Cleveland Ave SE, Tumwater
705 Trosper Rd SW, Tumwater
5900 Littlerock Rd SW, Tumwater
909 E Yelm Ave, Yelm
1109 E Yelm Ave, Yelm
If you are unable to make it to one of the drop-off locations, medications can be discarded in your trash. This is not our recommended option, as medications in the trash have the potential for misuse. They can also make their way into the environment when landfill liquids are sent to sewage treatment facilities. If this is your only option, please take the following steps:
- Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
- Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
- Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or a sealable bag.
- Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
- Place the sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.
Visit medtakebackwashington.org for a list of statewide medication disposal locations.
*Controlled substances are regulated by state and federal laws designed to prevent addiction, abuse, physical and mental harm, and illegal trafficking thereof. Such drugs are illegal for sale or use, with the exception of those dispensed under a physician's prescription for use only by the intended person.
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