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Celebrate Medicine Take-Back Day Every Day

The holidays are a time of giving. This spirit is great when it comes to presents and seasonal treats. For unwanted medications, the best way to give them is to the secure medicine return program. In this blog post first published in November, learn more about the ease and convenience of the program to get harmful medications out of our homes and the environment.

 On Oct. 26, the Drug Enforcement Agency hosted its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. In April, Washington communities took back 16,757 pounds of unwanted drugs during the event.

Did you miss the big day?

Don’t worry, because Every Day is Drug Take Back Day in Pierce County! And, it’s free!

You can safely and securely get rid of unwanted medications—any day of the week at locations across the county.

Secure medicine return services continue to expand

  • Kiosk drop-off locations are in your community at pharmacies, hospitals, and law enforcement sites.
  • 46 convenient kiosks are now available to drop off unwanted medications, with more locations each month.
  • Can’t make it to a kiosk? Request a free mail-back envelope.

It’s easy as finding a kiosk and dropping in your unwanted medication. There are no forms to fill out, and it’s free for residents! The pharmaceutical industry pays for the program.

Newest kiosk locations

  • CVS Pharmacy: 9400 Gravelly Lake Dr., Lakewood.
  • St Anthony’s Hospital Pharmacy: 11567 Canterwood Blvd. N.W., Gig Harbor. 
  • St Joseph’s Hospital Pharmacy:1717 S. J St., Tacoma. 

Soon all Washingtonians will enjoy Every day Drug Take Back

In 2016, Tacoma-Pierce County Board of Health members passed a Secure Medicine Return Regulation—which led to the expanded program in the county. 

Our regulation and the regulations of other local health departments were the model for a new state law. We will transition to the state law in a year or two. This means even more Washingtonians will have an easier and safer alternative to dispose of unwanted medications instead of hoarding them.

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