Bellingham residents can safely dispose of unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, narcotic pain relievers and prescribed controlled substances, through the City's Pharmaceuticals Take-Back Program. Unused or expired medications in the home pose a risk to children, the public and the environment.
Five pharmacies in Bellingham accept unwanted and expired medications from households for secure and legal disposal. These pharmacies can legally accept most prescription and over the counter medications, except prescription narcotics and prescription controlled substances.
Narcotic pain relievers and prescribed controlled substances, not including illegal narcotics, are accepted by the Bellingham Police Department at 505 Grand Avenue during weekday business hours. Examples include Vicodin, OxyContin, codeine, Percocet, Xanax, hydrocodone and Ritalin. Personal information is not being collected as part of the drop-off process.
Items collected are incinerated at a facility approved by the Drug Enforcement Agency and Environmental Protection Agency.
Unused or expired medications in the home pose a risk to children, the public and the environment. Overdoses from prescription narcotics are a leading cause of death in Washington State. Abuse of narcotic pain relievers is rapidly increasing and half of prescription drug abusers report obtaining the drug from a friend or relative. .
Published: Mar 3, 2011