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KITSAP PUBLIC HEALTH DISTRICT PASSES SECURE MEDICINE RETURN REGULATIONS (Ordinance 2016-02)

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COMING SOON! A SAFE & CONVENIENT WAY TO DISPOSE OF UNWANTED MEDICINES

Starting in March, Kitsap County residents can safely dispose of the medicines they no longer need by taking them to a drop-box located throughout Kitsap County. Participating pharmacies, clinics, hospitals and law enforcement offices will accept most prescription and over-the-counter medicines for disposal. There is no cost to residents to use this service.

Where are the drop-boxes locations in Kitsap?

A list of locations will be available soon!

What medications are accepted?

Most prescription and over-the-counter medicines can be returned, but medical sharps (needles, etc.) will not be accepted. See a more complete list of accepted items here (coming soon). 

What do I do with used or unwanted medical sharps?

State and local laws prohibit placing loose sharps in your trash.  Sharps thrown into the trash can hurt people or be used illegally.   Many pharmacies sell sharps containers and accept properly contained sharps for a small fee.  Visit the Kitsap County Solid Waste web page for local disposal locations.  Watch this quick tutorial for tips on properly disposing sharps.  

If you find a sharp at a park or other public place, please contact us.

How can I get a mail-back envelope?

Mail-back envelopes are available upon request (info coming soon!)

Why should I use secure medicine return?

Unused, unwanted and/or expired medication in your home pose a risk to you, your family, and your community. 

  • Drug abuse.

    The home medicine cabinet is one of the most common places people go when looking for drugs to get high.

  • Accidental Poisoning.

    Many young children get poisoned by taking medicine not intended for them.

  • Bad for the environment.

    When you flush medicine down the toilet or throw it in the trash, it pollutes our water and soil.

HISTORY

On December 6, 2016 the Kitsap Public Health board passed Ordinance 2016-02: Secure Medicine Return Regulations. This ordinance establishes a convenient, secure medicine return system for residents that:

  • Provides drop-off locations for unused medications throughout Kitsap County.
  • Expand safe medicine disposal options for Kitsap County residents to reduce risks of misuse, poisonings, and overdoses from leftover and expired medicines, and reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals entering sewer, septic, and solid waste systems.
  • Improve convenience for residents by expanding locations of secure drop boxes from law enforcement offices to pharmacies and hospitals, as now allowed under DEA regulations.
  • Provide an option for residents to dispose of unused medicine by mail at no charge.
  • Require the pharmaceutical industry pay for these programs.

These regulations ensure financial sustainability through a pharmaceutical industry-financed system providing sufficient resources to promote the program and handle larger volumes of returned medicines, and that relieves burdens on local government agencies and taxpayers. 

CONTACT:


For information on Kitsap County’s medicine take-back program, please contact Bryan McKinnon (360) 728-2304 bryan.mckinnon@kitsappublichealth.org.

 

 

 


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