Health district lets people mail in unwanted meds

By on Thursday, August 4th, 2022 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

KENNEWICK – The Benton-Franklin Health District is now supplying the community with free packaging to help residents safely mail back unused medications.

“Until the last several years, the only options were to flush them down the toilet or throw them in household garbage,” Environmental Health Specialist Jim Coleman said. “Recent evidence has shown that many of our waterways have become polluted with medications. In addition, disposal in our household garbage can lead to the drugs being accidentally ingested or abused by children or others. This program can provide a safe and free way to dispose of medications.”

People can pick up free packaging at Benton-Franklin Health District, 7102 W. Okanogan Place, Kennewick. They should not take unwanted or unused medications to the office, as it is not an authorized drop-off site. Unwanted medications can also be disposed of free of charge by taking them to a local pharmacy or law enforcement agency.