Prescription Drug Drop Off
You now have a free and easy way to properly dispose of your prescription drugs. The City has installed a prescription drug drop box at City Hall, 18120 68th Ave NE. Turning in your expired or unused prescription drugs for disposal is the only secure and environmentally sound way to dispose of leftover medicines. You may drop off your medicines Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., excluding holidays, no questions asked. We are able to accept any and all prescription drugs and other medicines except for needles, fluids or inhalers.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. In Washington State 11% of teens use prescription medicines for non-medical reasons - a rate among the highest in the nation. Over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, often without their knowledge.
Unwanted medicines left in the home endanger our children, seniors and pets. Over half of the 37,000 calls to the Washington Poison Center in 2009 were for young children poisoned by medicines found at home. The elderly are also at risk of accidental poisonings and human medications are the leading cause of pet poisoning. Flushing drugs send them into our waters. Throwing them in the garbage makes them available for others to take and use and can still get into the environment.
If you have any questions, please contact the City at 425-398-8900.