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Unused medications? Dispose of them properly

drug disposal dropbox

According to the Washington State Hospital Association, opioid misuse continues to be a serious national public health issue with nearly 71,000 drug overdose deaths in 2019 involving an opioid. Most people who misuse prescription drugs get them from family, friends and/or acquaintances. One key comprehensive strategy to reduce opioid misuse or the misuse of controlled prescriptions is to support national and state efforts in reducing their use. 

Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon installed a drop box in the main lobby in 2019 to provide residents with a convenient place to properly and safely dispose of unneeded medications free of charge. In a partnership with MED-Project, the kiosk provides a location to dispose of unwanted or expired medication, including controlled substances. The kiosk is in full view of the main desk, is visible on lobby security cameras and is bolted to the floor.

The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2024. National Take Back Day is a safe, convenient and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.


Safely disposing of your unwanted or expired medication can make a difference in our communities. Visit for more information.