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Keep unused medications out of our lakes, our streams and the wrong hands by participating in VA Puget Sound’s Rx Take-Back Event

Prescription medication take-back event

As part of the Department of Veterans Affairs nationwide effort to assist Veterans and local community to dispose of unused or expired prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs, VA Puget Sound Health Care System is having a Rx Take-Back Event October 27, 2023 at its Seattle and American Lake campuses.

“Keeping unused medications out of our lakes, our streams and the wrong hands is important,” said VA Puget Sound Health Care System Associate Chief of Pharmacy Eric Chantelois. “By participating in VA Puget Sound’s Rx Take-Back Event, we can help you safely dispose of expired or unwanted prescriptions—including controlled substance medication—and over-the-counter drugs.”

VA Puget Sound opens its doors to public participation during its Rx Take-Back Event October 27, 2023, offering safe disposal options for the public in alignment with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s twice yearly National Prescription Drug Take Back Days.

Prescription and over-the-counter medications, including controlled substances and liquid medications, can be dropped off on Friday, October 27, 2023, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at these VA Puget Sound locations:

  • American Lake Campus: 9600 Veterans Drive Southwest in Tacoma, Building 81, Pharmacy Lobby (Room 1089)
  • Seattle Camus: 1660 South Columbian Way. Building 100, Outpatient Pharmacy Lobby (Room 1D-145)

Illegal drugs, needles and sharps, medical devices or batteries, aerosol medications are not accepted.

Along with Rx Take-Back drop off locations offered by VA Puget Sound, people can find authorized collection sites by visiting the DEA Public Disposal Location search tool -;jsessionid=ZRpOWuKgCnO1aUXHxUTdAMGhLTkDwLdg0YvVQqDB.web2?execution=e1s1.

VA is committed to supporting the safe disposal of unused controlled substance prescription medications for our Veterans and we look forward to participating in public Take Back events. 

About VA Puget Sound Health Care System:

VA Puget Sound provides comprehensive care to more than 155,000 enrolled Veterans across Western Washington with a primary care team at one of its care sites: two main campuses (American Lake and Seattle), seven outpatient clinics (Edmonds, Everett, Mount Vernon, Olympia, Port Angeles, Puyallup and Silverdale) and Community Resource & Referral Center (Georgetown neighborhood in Seattle) and a Homeless Primary Care Team in Renton. As the VA’s 4th largest research program, VA Puget Sound has research in virtually every major clinical department, including: TBI and multiple blast exposures; memory improvement and Alzheimer's Disease; PTSD and deployment health; Parkinson’s Disease; diabetes; cancer; substance abuse; lower limb prosthetics; genomics; and Health Services. Additionally, it has seven nationally recognized Centers of Excellence (in areas from limb-loss prevention and prosthetic engineering to primary care education and substance abuse treatment). For more information visit or call 800-329-8387.  For Veterans in crisis, please use the Veterans Crisis line at 988 (press 1).