Clean house and drop off drugs

Law enforcement and Bartell Drugs plan to participate in National Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, to allow people to get rid of unused, expired and unwanted medicine.

The concern is unintentional poisonings from people ingesting expired pills and other medicine. According to the Snohomish Health District, unintentional poisonings are at a record high in Snohomish County. Just two years ago, 150 people were poisoned from prescription medicine, more than triple the 46 reported in 2000.

“Unintentional poisonings frequently involve prescription drugs,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, health officer and director of the Snohomish Health District, in a news release. “They not only harm people but improperly discarded drugs can also harm the environment when they enter septic systems and household trash.”

Only law enforcement locations can accept controlled substances, such as Ativan and OxyContin. Leave all items in their original containers.

Police departments in the county have drop-boxes available from Monday to Friday year-round.

Where to take expired drugs

Arlington, 10 a.m. to noon, Arlington Police Department, 11 E. Third St., Arlington;

Edmonds, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Edmonds Police Department, 250 Fifth Ave. N., Edmonds;

Everett, 8 a.m. to noon, Everett Police Department North Precinct, 3002 Wetmore Ave., Everett;

Freeland, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Island County Sheriff South Precinct office, 5521 E. Harbor Road, Freeland;

Lake Stevens, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bartell Drugs, 621 Highway 9 NE, Lake Stevens;

Lynnwood, 8 a.m. to noon, Lynnwood Police Department, 19321 44th Ave. W., Lynnwood;

Lynnwood, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Home &About Home Care, 15121 Highway 99, Lynnwood;

Marysville, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Marysville Police Department, 1635 Grove St., Marysville;

Mill Creek, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Snohomish County Sheriff South Precinct, 15928 Mill Creek Blvd.;

Mountlake Terrace, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mountlake Terrace Police Department, 5906 232nd St. SW, Mountlake Terrace;

Snohomish, 8 a.m. to noon, Snohomish Police Department, 230 Maple Ave., Snohomish.

More info: or call 425-388-3199.

Talk to us

More in Local News

Mt. Baker visible from the summit of Mt. Dickerman on a late summer day in 2017. (Caleb Hutton / The Herald)
Hornets pester hikers on popular Mountain Loop trails

“You cannot out run the stings,” one hiker wrote in a trip report. The Forest Service has posted alerts at two trailheads.

A view of a 6 parcel, 4.4 acre piece of land in Edmonds, south of Edmonds-Woodway High School on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2023 in Edmonds, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Housing authority seeks more property in Edmonds

The Housing Authority of Snohomish County doesn’t have specific plans for land near 80th Avenue West, if its offer is accepted.

Nursing Administration Supervisor Susan Williams points at a list of current COVID patients at Providence Regional Medical Center on Friday, Sept. 22, 2023 in Everett, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Dozens of Providence patients in medical limbo for months, even years

About 100 people are stuck in Everett hospital beds without an urgent medical reason. New laws aim for a solution.

Emergency responders surround an ultralight airplane that crashed Friday, Sept. 22, 2023, at the Arlington Municipal Airport in Arlington, Washington, resulting in the pilot's death. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Pilot dead in ultralight plane crash at Arlington Municipal Airport

There were no other injuries or fatalities reported, a city spokesperson said.

Cash is used for a purchase at Molly Moon's Ice Cream in Edmonds, Washington on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
County Council delays vote on requiring businesses to take cash

Concerns over information and enforcement postponed the council’s scheduled vote on the ordinance Wednesday in Snohomish County.

A girl walks her dog along a path lined with dandelions at Willis D. Tucker Community Park on Monday, Sept. 11, 2023, in Snohomish, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Spraying in Willis Tucker Park resurfaces debate over herbicides

Park staff treated about 11,000 square feet with glyphosate and 2,4-D. When applied correctly, staff said they aren’t harmful.

One of Snohomish County PUD’s new smart readers is installed at a single family home Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, in Mill Creek, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
PUD program seeks to make energy grid smarter for 380K customers

The public utility’s ConnectUp program will update 380,000 electric meters and 23,000 water meters in the next few years.

An example of the Malicious Women Co. products (left) vs. the Malicious Mermaid's products (right). (U.S. District Court in Florida)
Judge: Cheeky candle copycat must pay Snohomish company over $800K

The owner of the Malicious Women Co. doesn’t expect to receive any money from the Malicious Mermaid, a Florida-based copycat.

A grave marker for Blaze the horse. (Photo provided)
After Darrington woman’s horse died, she didn’t know what to do

Sidney Montooth boarded her horse Blaze. When he died, she was “a wreck” — and at a loss as to what to do with his remains.

Most Read