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Snohomish County Partnership for Secure Medicine Disposal Program

Got Drugs?

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily in the Lynnwood Police Department main lobby at 19321 44th Ave. W. In Lynnwood.  

 YES:

Items Accepted

NO:

Items Not Accepted

Prescription Medicines:  Law enforcement locations can accept all medicines.  Pharmacies can accept most medicines except for controlled substances. NO: Pharmacies cannot accept prescription medicines that are controlled substances. Dispose of these at a law enforcement take-back locations.
Over-the-Counter medicines NO: Needles/Lancets/Syringes/Used EpiPens
Vitamins NO: thermometers
Pet Medicines NO: Aerosol cans
Medicated ointments and lotions NO: Empty containers
Inhalers  NO: Bloody or infectious waste/IV Bags
Liquid medicines in glass or leak-proof containers (up to 12 oz.) NO: Personal care products (non-medicated shampoo, etc.)
Medicine samples NO: Hydrogen Peroxide/other chemicals
Inhalers NO: Business waste or Radioactive Material

drug drop off

 Along with a variety of environmental problems with disposing of drugs there are also serious safety issues. According to the Medicine Take Back Network, unused medication in the household may contribute to growing rates of prescription drug abuse among Americans, particularly teenagers. Many teens erroneously believe that it is safer to use prescription drugs than street drugs, and they report that these drugs are easier to obtain than street drugs. Nearly 60 percent  of people ages 12 and older obtain prescription painkillers for free through friends or family. This behavior poses a serious public health problem and is contributing to the steady uptick in poison-related deaths in the United States. Every day 44 people died of drug poisoning.

A study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America of seventh through 12th graders found that 40 percent of respondents believe using prescription meds drop offprescription drugs are safer than using illegal drugs. In addition, 29 percent think that pain relievers are not addictive, and 62 percent of teens who abuse prescription pain relievers said they do so because they are easily accessible through parents’ medicine cabinets. Five of the six drugs most frequently abused by 12th graders were prescription drugs or cough and cold medicines, as found in a 2006 study.

 

For all Drug Take Back Locations go to:  Medicine Take Back Program