The most efficient way to dispose of old medication is to first mix the pills and capsules in an undesirable substance like kitty litter or used coffee grounds. This makes the drugs unappealing to animals and children. This also makes it unrecognizable to individuals who may go through trash looking for drugs. Next, place the mixture of the old medication and undesirable substance into a sealable bag, empty can or other container, and then place the bag or container in your regular trash.
Source: Food & Drug AdministrationAdditional Tips for Disposing of Old Medication
Additional Tips for Disposing of Medication
- Do not flush medicines down the toilet or wash them down the sink unless the instructions explicitly say to dispose of them this way.
- Make sure any names and personal information have been removed from all containers to protect your identity or the identity of your loved one.
- A number of drug “take-back” programs exist in communities to recycle unused medications, but you should confirm the validity of a group before donating old medications to them. To find out the date of the next “take-back” event in your community, contact your local police department.
- Inhalers fall under a different manner of disposal, with instructions on the label. Please read the label and follow the instructions.
- If you have questions or concerns about how to appropriately dispose of any medication, ask your pharmacist.
- The FDA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy have specifically developed federal guidelines for the disposal of medication, both to protect individuals from the risk of unauthorized use and to protect the environment.Learn more about Asbury Heights by requesting information or arranging a tour.
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