Medicines play an important role in treating certain conditions and diseases, but they must be taken with care so as not to harm the wider environment. Many people are unaware that a new health and environmental concern has emerged – pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in the environment. Unused portions of these medicines must be disposed of properly to avoid harm to wildlife, pets, and people. Pharmaceuticals (medications) detected in surface waters come primarily from patient use. Small amounts of medicines pass through the human body without being metabolized completely and make their way to surface waters through the municipal wastewater treatment system. In addition, it was common for people in the past to flush unused or expired medications, or pour them down the drain.
Follow your medication prescriber’s instructions and use all medications as instructed. If you do not use all of your prescribed or over-the-counter medication, you can take a few small steps to make a huge impact in safeguarding lives and protecting the environment by disposing of unused medicines properly.Leftover meds? Drop discarded medication at:
Pullman Police Department
260 SE Kamiaken St.
Pullman WA 99163
7 days a week/24 hours a day
No used injectables
ACCEPTS controlled substances
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The Washington State Supreme Court unanimously approved syringe/needle exchange programs in November of 1992 stating: It is legal for public health officials and those operating under their supervision to exchange or distribute intravenous needles to those who may use them to inject illegal drugs, as part of an HIV/AIDS prevention program.
The Whitman County Needle Exchange serves Pullman, Colfax and the surrounding small towns in Whitman County. It is legal, safe, free, and anonymous.
Other injection supplies and condoms are also available.