King County now has a safe and convenient way for residents to safely dispose of unwanted medicines. Residents can take them to drop-box locations throughout the county. Bellevue has seven locations:
- Group Health Bellevue Medical Center near downtown
- Group Health Factoria Medical Center
- Lakemont Pharmacy
- Pharmacy Plus in Crossroads
- QFC pharmacies in Factoria, Lake Hills, and Northwest Bellevue
What can I bring?
Residents are encouraged to bring leftover, expired, and unwanted medicines. Bring medicines in their original container, or if you have loose pills, bring in a zip-lock bag.
Medicines accepted, include:
- Medicines sold in any form – solids, liquids, creams
- Non-prescription (over-the-counter)
- Controlled substances (such as OxyContin, Ritalin)
- Pet medicines
NOT accepted for return, include:
- Herbal remedies
- Personal care products
- Compressed cylinders
- Medical devices
- Pet pesticide products
- Illicit drugs
- Iodine-containing products
- Medicines from businesses
Why take back your meds?
- Safe disposal protects our environment. Old drugs are often flushed. This sends them directly into our waterways, where we swim, fish and play.
- Safe disposal reduces drug abuse.
- Safe disposal reduces accidental poisonings.
Learn more at kingcountysecuremedicinereturn.org.