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Drug Take-back Day is Every Day in Pierce County!

Waste Management/Code Enforcement Program Manager Esther Beaumier
by Esther Beaumier11/06/2018 2:09 p.m.
Updated: 11/06/2018

On Oct. 28, the Drug Enforcement Agency hosted its National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Last April, Washington communities took back 8.5 tons 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.
  • 37 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

Brand new kiosks are now at Pierce County Sheriff’s Department precincts in South Hill at 271 John Bananola Way E., and Parkland-Spanaway at 495 Shandon Wright Way

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.

Learn more at www.tpchd.org/medicine-return.

Waste Management/Code Enforcement Program Manager Esther Beaumier

by Esther Beaumier

Esther leads our efforts to protect the environment, and your health, from harmful materials.