New Secure Medicine Return Program

medicine-drop-boxKing 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:

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
  • Prescription
  • Non-prescription (over-the-counter)
  • Controlled substances (such as OxyContin, Ritalin)
  • Pet medicines

NOT accepted for return, include:

  • Herbal remedies
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements
  • Cosmetics
  • Personal care products
  • Compressed cylinders
  • Aerosols
  • Inhalers
  • Medical devices
  • Pet pesticide products
  • Sharps
  • 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

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