Protect Loved Ones and the Community by Safely Tossing Prescription Drugs

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at
Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center

Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans.

But some prescribed medications become a danger when they sit unused in peoples’ home medicine cabinets. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 10 million Americans misused prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescriptions were obtained from family and friends, which is how most children and teens access the drugs.

“Prescription drugs ending up in the wrong hands is dangerous and can lead to tragedy,” says anesthesiologist Julie Vath, MD. “That’s why Virginia Mason is again participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. At last year’s event we collected 17 boxes of medications totaling 408 pounds.”


The Virginia Mason team on Take Back Day, Oct. 2018

Members of the public are invited to anonymously dispose of unused and expired medications on Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., at Virginia Mason Federal Way Medical Center (33501 First Way S., Federal Way, WA). Medical professionals will be on site to answer questions about the Drug Take Back program.

Accepted items include all over-the-counter or prescribed pills, capsules or liquids, including:

  • ADHD medications
  • Ambien
  • Antidepressants
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone (Norco, Vicodin)
  • Klonopin
  • Morphine
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)
  • Tramadol (Ultram)
  • Valium
  • Xanax

Items not accepted include:

  • Chemotherapy medications
  • Illegal drugs
  • Intravenous solutions
  • Syringes
  • Epinephrine injectors

For those who can’t make the take back event, Virginia Mason Federal Way provides a permanent medication drop box, located in the pharmacy. Find additional drop boxes located at Virginia Mason Hospital and Seattle Medical Center, in the Buck and Lindeman pavilion pharmacies.

For more information, including a collection site locator, visit the official Take Back Day website.

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