Medicine Disposal

Unused, unwanted and expired medicines in your home pose a risk to you, your family and your community. Accidental poisonings and overdoses are a leading cause of injury death in Snohomish County. Improper disposal of medicine - such as putting medicines in the garbage or flushing pills down the toilet - puts other people and our environment at risk.

SAFE MEDICATION DISPOSAL

Snohomish County residents have options for returning unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals, including the MED-Project Pharmaceutical Stewardship Program.

ACCEPTED MEDICATION

MED-Project kiosks accept medicines sold in any form, prescription medicines, over-the-counter medicines, controlled substances, and pet medications.

MEDICATION NOT ACCEPTED

  • Aerosols
  • Compressed cylinders
  • Cosmetics
  • Herbal remedies
  • Illicit drugs
  • Inhalers
  • Iodine-containing medications
  • Medical devices
  • Personal care products
  • Pet pesticide products
  • Pharmaceutical wastes
  • Sharps
  • Supplements
  • Vitamins

DROP-OFF KIOSK LOCATIONS

For a complete list of locations, hours and addresses, visit MED-Project or call 844-MED-PROJ or 844-633-7765.

If you are an eligible [SC1] [HT2] collection site interested in participating, call 844-677-6532 or email Snohomish County.

MAIL-BACK ENVELOPES

Mail-back envelopes are available to homebound residents upon request. Visit MED-Project or call 844-633-7765 to submit a request.

DISPOSING OF USED NEEDLES OR SHARPS

To learn more about how to safely dispose of needles and sharps, please visit the Safe Needle Disposal website or ask at your local pharmacy if they can provide new sharps containers or accept filled containers for disposal.

Any type of sharp medical instrument that comes into contact with blood or other body fluids is considered a sharp and has the potential to spread infection. This includes any hypodermic needle, syringes with the needles attached, lancets and scalpel blades.

State and local laws prohibit placing loose sharps in your trash. If you use syringes to treat diabetes, allergies or other medical conditions, the loose syringes you throw in your trash can hurt people or be used illegally. Many pharmacies sell sharps containers and accept properly contained used sharps, usually for a fee.