Medicines

Keeping pharmaceuticals out of water

Wastewater treatment systems are not designed to treat and remove medicines from the water. Since the treated water is released to the environment, medicines that remain in the water are released too. Don’t flush unused medications down the toilet or drain.

Instead, dispose of medications for free using the new statewide Safe Medication Return Program. Mail your expired and unwanted medications, or drop them off at a participating kiosk. Find details on the Washington State Department of Health's webpage.

Unwanted medications can also be taken to a secure collection station, such as those located at local law enforcement agencies.