Disposing of Medications Safely

March 8, 2016 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Many people end up with unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications.

You can help to prevent accidental or intentional use of unwanted medications by getting rid of them safely:

  • Check the label on your medication and follow any instructions for safe disposal provided.
  • Do not flush the drugs down the toilet unless the label says to flush them.
  • If there are no disposal instructions on the label, check with your local government to find out if specific disposal methods are required by law. If not, take them out of the container and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or cat litter. Next, seal the mixture in a sealable bag, can, or container and place the container in the garbage.

Many states have year-round drug take-back programs that provide onsite drug disposal boxes or mail-back programs, and host local medication take-back events.

Visit the Drug Disposal map to find a local site or take a look at the options for home disposal. If a drug disposal site or mail-back program is not available in your area, it is best to follow Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines for the safe disposal of unused or unwanted medications at home.

Source: AwareRx.Pharmacy

Entry filed under: Safety.

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