Rx Drug Take Back

FREE Year-Round Disposal of Medications and Sharps


Unwanted medications and sharps can be disposed of year-round at collection sites across Cowlitz counties:

COVID-19 Impacts to Drop Off Sites


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many medication take back locations are temporarily closed or have other restrictions. Calling ahead for availability is highly encouraged.

  • Cowlitz County Sherriff's Department, 312 SW First Avenue, Kelso, WA 98626. Open: 24 hours/day

For other safe free medication drop-off locations across Washington State, visit TakeBackYourMeds.org. You can also visit Starts with One and MED-Project to learn more about how to safely store medication, dispose of unused, unwanted and expired medication, and the importance of removing prescription opioid medications from homes.

Why Safely Dispose of Medication?

11. Stop accidental poisoning
  • About half of the Washington State Poison Center calls are related to young children accidentally ingesting medications found at home1.
  • Young children, pets, and seniors are at risk of accidental poisonings by unlocked medications in the home.
  • In the case of an accidental ingestion, call the Poison Help number, 1-800-222-1222, open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Watch Poison Help Line Video
22. Reduce Access to prescription drugs

More than 4 in 10 teens who misused or abused a prescription drug took it from their parent’s medicine cabinet. Keep all medications, alcohol, and marijuana locked and out of reach of teens and young children.

33. Keep our waterways and environment healthy
  • Reduce chemicals in the environment by disposing of medications at a drug take back site.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain – drugs are harmful to our water and our environment.3
  • Do not throw away medication in the trash – it’s easily accessible to people going through trash, or it will eventually end up in our water or environment.

Unwanted or Unused Medications?

Safely dispose of medications at a local drug take back site and note the specifications for medication return at each site.


Find the closest site to you at www.takebackyourmeds.org.

Remember: Keep any medications in your home out of reach and locked away.

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