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Director: Jennifer Johnson

Secure Medicine Return

Skagit County Public Health


Protect your family and your community
Unused, unwanted and/or expired medicines in your home pose a risk to you, your family and your community.

  • Drug Abuse.   The home medicine cabinet is one of the most common places for people to go when looking for drugs to get high.
  • Accidental Poisoning.   Many young children get poisoned by taking medicine not intended for them.
  • Bad for the Environment.   When medicines are flushed down the toilet or thrown in the trash, it pollutes our water and soil.
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Skagit County residents can safely dispose of their unneeded medicines for free by taking them to secure drop boxes, ordering free mail-back envelopes and/or picking up mail-back envelopes from convenient mailer distribution locations throughout Skagit County.

New sites and services are being added. In 2021 secure medicine return options are now available throughout Washington State. To find updated information on drop box locations, request mailers, and find mailer distribution locations go to MED-Project .

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Drop Boxes: MED-Project has drop boxes located at pharmacies and law enforcement locations throughout in Skagit County. For a list of current drop box locations, visit MED-Project or call 1-844 MED-PROJECT (1-844-633-7765). Continue to check back as the program expands throughout the State of Washington and offers more collection locations.

Law Enforcement drop boxes are still available and are switching over to MED-Project sponsored boxes soon, here is a link to the pre-existing sites list 2017 waste medicine disposal sites in Skagit County

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Mailers Sent to Individuals: In order to remove any unwanted medication from our community easily, MED-Project also offers the ability to order pre-paid, pre-addressed mailers, directly to your home.

Please visit MED-Project or call 1-844 MED-Project (1-844-633-7765) to order mailers to safely dispose of unwanted medication in your home.

Mailers are available for:

•Standard Mailer Envelopes - for medicines in pill, powder, paste, liquid and patch forms. Basically all forms of medicines except inhalers or auto-injectors.

•Inhaler Mailer Packages.

•Injector Mailer Packages - for pre-filled medications containing a sharp and auto-injectors (like expired Epi Pens).

Medicines Accepted by MED-Project:  
Medicines in any form including solids, liquids or patches, inhalers and prefilled products containing a sharp and auto-injectors (such as Epi Pens)

  • Prescription and over the counter medicines
  • Brand name and generic medicines
  • Controlled substances
  • Pet medications 

Medicines NOT Accepted:

  • Vitamins or supplements
  • Herbal-based remedies and homeopathic drugs, products or remedies
  • Cosmetics, shampoos, sunscreen, toothpaste, lip balm, antiperspirants or other personal care products
  • Pet pesticide products contained in pet collars, powders, shampoos or other forms
  • Medical sharps (needles, syringes) and empty auto injectables (such as used Epi Pens)
  • Medical devices
  • Medicines generated by businesses

MED-Project is building in our community during 2019 – help make it happen!
If your local pharmacy doesn't have a Secure Medicine Return Drop Box, encourage your pharmacist to reach out to MED-Project for information and resources on how to get involved in this program. This program is at no cost to the individual pharmacies, the financial responsibility for the safe return and disposal of medication is placed on the pharmaceutical industry to fund this program. Removing medications from our homes can help keep our families, friends and environment, safe.

2018 Washington State Secure Drug Take Back Act
In the summer of 2018 the Washington State legislature created the nation’s first statewide, comprehensive drug take-back program to be financed and provided by pharmaceutical manufacturers that sell drugs in Washington State. The Skagit County Public Health ordinance will remain in effect until one year after the manufacturers’ statewide drug take-back program is launched and providing services. The Skagit program will then merge into a consistent statewide drug take-back system.  For more information on the developing statewide program see the Washington State Department of Health webpage

History of Drug Take Back in Skagit County
For a brief history of the ordinance, process, and links to documents, please view the History of Secure Medicine Return in Skagit County

For more information, contact:

Britt Pfaff Dunton
Skagit County Public Health
700 South 2nd Street, Room 301
Mount Vernon, WA 98273