Medicine Returns

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Medicine drop box

Old drugs are often flushed, sending them directly into our waterways, where they harm fish and other creatures, including people who swim and play in the water. Bellevue residents have a safe and convenient way to safely dispose of unwanted medicines.

King County allows residents to take medicines to nine dropbox locations in the city. Safe disposal of unused medicines protects our environment, and reduces drug abuse and accidental poisonings.

Mail-back envelopes are also available for residents that are home bound or have limited mobility. There is no cost to residents to use this service.

What can I bring?

Residents are encouraged to bring leftover, expired, and unwanted medicines. Bring medicines in their original container, or if you have loose pills, bring in a zip-lock bag. Accepted medicines include:

  • Medicines sold as solids, liquids or creams
  • Prescription
  • Non-prescription (over-the-counter)
  • Controlled substances (such as OxyContin, Ritalin)
  • Pet medicines

Medicines NOT accepted include:

  • Herbal remedies
  • Vitamins
  • Supplements
  • Cosmetics
  • Personal care products
  • Compressed cylinders
  • Aerosols
  • Inhalers
  • Medical devices
  • Pet pesticide products
  • Sharps
  • Illicit drugs
  • Iodine-containing products
  • Medicines from businesses