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Proper Disposal of Prescription Medication

 

The new Federal prescription drug disposal guidelines urge Americans to:

  • Take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers;
  • Mix the prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, further ensuring that the drugs are not diverted or accidentally ingested by children or pets;
  • Throw these containers in the trash;
  • Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the accompanying patient information specifically instructs it is safe to do so;
  • Return unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to pharmaceutical take-back locations that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for safe disposal.

For more information concerning prescription medication or medical supply disposal, you may visit www.epa.gov/epahome, www.wastemd.com, www.safeneedledisposal.org, or www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm101653.htm.