Medicine Return Program

​Today, medicine cabinets are full of unwanted or expired medications. Many of these medications if mismanaged pose serious safety and environmental threats ranging from child poisoning, illegal use, to contamination of our streams and drinking water.

Placing medicines in the trash or flushing them down the drain may seem like the easy answer, but medicine in unsecured trash bins can be stolen and wastewater treatment plants do not effectively remove these drugs from our environment. As a result, measurable amounts of drugs end up in Puget Sound.

Perhaps most importantly, getting rid of unused medicines in a safe manner will help reduce access to drugs that could be abused. Misused prescription drugs are now the illicit drug of choice among 12- and 13-year-olds. Three in five teens say prescription drugs are easy to get from parents’ medicine cabinets. Drug overdoses have also surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental deaths in Washington for 35- to 54-year-olds. More compelling evidence, along with citations, can be found on

So what should you do with those old medications? Fortunately, there are several good options for safely disposing of old or excess medications in Thurston County.

What are "controlled substances?"

Controlled substances are narcotics such as OxyContin and Vicodin. All of the locations below accept narcotics.

Where to take meds

Lacey Police Department - (360) 459-4333
420 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Mason County Fire District #2
460 NE Old Belfair Highway, Belfair, WA 98528
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Mason County Sheriff's Office - (360) 427-9670 x 313
322 N. 3rd Street, Shelton, WA
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Rainier City Hall - (360) 446-2265
102 Rochester Street W, Rainer
Open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tenino Police Department - (360) 264-2626
358 McClellan St. S., Tenino, WA 98589
Prescription drug drop box is available Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tumwater Police Department - (360) 754-4200
555 Israel Road, Tumwater, WA 98501
The Tumwater Police Department's medicine drop box is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the department's City Hall location.

Yelm Police Department - (360) 458-5701
206 Mckenzie Ave. SE, Yelm, WA 98597
Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.