Program Plans and Reports

Safe Medication Return is funded by manufacturers of covered drugs and implemented by program operators according to plans approved by the Department of Health.

Program operators
  • place and maintain drug collection kiosks.
  • provide free, prepaid, preaddressed mail-back envelopes and packages.
  • organize, manage, and fund take-back events.
  • package, transport, and dispose of collected drugs.
  • make sure residents, pharmacists, and other health care professionals understand why and how to safely dispose of household prescription and over-the-counter medications (including medications for household pets).
  • provide a single toll-free number and single website where people can locate kiosks, order mail-back supplies, ask questions, and find information about safe medication disposal.

Washington has two approved program operators. MED-Project has been operating in Washington since 2020. Inmar Intelligence, Inc. was recently approved and will fully implement their program by early November 2022.

Our program operators are currently working on a single website and single toll-free number. In the meantime, they each have their own website and phone number:

Approved Program Plans
Proposed Program Plans

The department will review new proposals from potential program operators beginning July 1, 2024. To submit a proposal, email us a program operator application and your proposal.

Reports

MED-Project 2019 Annual Report (PDF) Does not include operational information since plan was approved in 2020.

2020

MED-Project plan was approved May 25, 2020 and fully implemented November 21, 2020.

2021

Note: Collection reports do not include weight of covered drugs collected through mailers or drug take-back events.

Questions, concerns or complaints?

Contact the Department of Health by email or call 360-236-4698 if you have any questions, concerns, or complaints about oversight, enforcement, and program compliance.

Contact one of the state-approved program operators with questions, concerns, or complaints about kiosks, mailers, and take-back events.

(Note: Safe Medication Return approved program operators are currently working on a single website and single toll-free number. We apologize for the inconvenience while this is being implemented.)

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