The Washington State Department of Health, in partnership with program operator MED-Project, has launched the Safe Medication Return Program aimed at reducing medication misuse, abuse and poisonings.
The program offers Washington residents free, convenient and environmentally responsible options for disposing of unwanted medication, the department said in a press release, including drop boxes around the state. People can also request free mail-back envelopes.
Returnable medications include over-the-counter and prescription medications, controlled substance medication, and even household pet medications. The program is funded by drug manufacturers at no cost to taxpayers, the health department said in the release.
Dropboxes nearest to the Methow Valley include:
• Lakeside Pharmacy, Oroville.
• Whitestone Pharmacy, Tonasket.
• Rite Aid Pharmacy, Omak.
• Lake Chelan Pharmacy, Chelan.
Visit https://www.med-project.org/locations/washington/convenient-locations for a complete list of dropbox sites, or for information about how to request a free, pre-paid mailer in which to return unused medications.