Disposing of Expired or Unused Medications
Guidelines for Safe Disposal of Expired or Unused Medications
Now that you have separated out all those expired medications from your medicine cabinets, what do you do with them? Do you just pitch them in the trash can or down the toilet? Do you have to take them some place special, because that is a pain and no one wants to have to do that.
There are guidelines that are recommended by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for safe disposal of medication. See the FDA guidelines for safe disposal of medicine
* Check the bottle itself and see if there are guidelines there as to how to dispose of the medication. If it isn’t on
the bottle, you can check the enclosed information sheet if you still have it or you can check the web site.
* Most medications can be thrown in the trash. Take them out of their original containers. Put them into a plastic bag with something make them undesirable to animals and small children such as coffee grounds or kitty litter. Seal the bag and throw it in the trash can (where animals or children can not get to it)
Be sure before you throw away a prescription bottle, to either scratch out your personal information or take off the label and shred the label.
* There are some medications that should still be flushed down the sink or toilet according to the FDA. They are mostly medications that could cause real harm to children or animals if found and consumed. The FDA is aware that there is concern over trace amounts of medications being found in the water. They feel this is more from people who excrete medications and that the medications going down the toilet are still the safest alternative.
See drugs that the FDA recommends Flushing down the sink or toilet here.
There are also some communities that have a “take back” program. You can check within your own community for such a program. They have safe methods for disposing of the medications for you.
Be sure to use precaution when disposing of your medications!
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