managing your prescriptions

  • Store and secure your medications in a place where others cannot access them. Use a lock bag, lock box or a locked drawer.
  • Never take medications that are not prescribed to you. Never share your prescriptions with others.
  • Use a medication inventory to track you and your family’s use of medication.
  • Take your medications only as directed.  Download and use the Medicine Inventory. Mistakes or misuse can cause health problems.
  • Properly and safely dispose of your medications at a local take back program. See map below for take back locations.
  • Download our informational brochure. This brochure is also available in Spanish, and Russian.
  • For more information on WA State take back programs:

Controlled and uncontrolled medications drop off locations

Non-controlled medications: Prescription medications (except controlled medications), pet medications, medicated ointments/lotions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, inhalers and unopened EpiPens
Controlled medications: Codeine, Xanax, Valium, Hydrocodone, Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, Ritalin, and Ambien. See the U.S. Department of Justices Diversion Control Division for more information. 

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Bellingham Police DepartmentTake Back (controlled and uncontrolled)505 Grand Ave., Bellingham, WA 98225
Ferndale Police DepartmentTake Back (controlled and uncontrolled)2220 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248
Haggen Pharmacy - BarkleyTake Back (uncontrolled only)2900 Woburn St., Bellingham, WA 98226
Haggen Pharmacy - FairhavenTake Back (uncontrolled only)1401 12th St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Haggen Pharmacy - FerndaleTake Back (uncontrolled only)1815 Main St., Ferndale, WA, 98248
Haggen Pharmacy - MeridianTake Back (uncontrolled only)2814 Meridian St., Bellingham, WA 98225
Hoagland PharmacyTake Back (uncontrolled only)2330 Yew St., Bellingham, WA 98226
Lummi Nation Police Department - Law & OrderTake Back (controlled and uncontrolled)2665 Kwina Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Lummi Tribal Health CenterTake Back (uncontrolled only)2592 Kwina Rd., Bellingham, WA 98226
Unity Care NorthwestTake Back (uncontrolled only)218 Unity St, Bellingham, WA, United States
WalgreensTake Back (controlled and uncontrolled)1070 E. Sunset Dr., Bellingham, WA 98226