Medications & Pharmaceuticals
Large amounts of powerful medicines go unused or expire and the way we dispose of them makes a difference for our waters and our environment. For years, the advice was to flush our drugs or mix them with kitty litter and throw them in the garbage. Flushing drugs sends them directly into our waters, harming the environment. Drugs thrown in the garbage are available for others to take and use, and can still get into the environment.
Returning medicines to a take-back program is the only environmentally sound method for disposing of unused medicines (www.takebackyourmeds.org).
Visit the Take Back Your Meds for locations of drop-off centers. Additionally, Shoreline’s Police Headquarters serves as a drop off location for unused medications and pharmaceuticals.