Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Learn how to dispose of unused or expired drugs

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How to Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicine

According to the FDA, The best way to dispose of most types* of unused or expired medicines (both prescription and over the counter) is to drop off the medicine at a drug take back site, location, or program immediately.

If you cannot get to a drug take back location promptly, or there is none near you, and your medicine is

on the FDA flush list, your next best option is to immediately flush these potentially dangerous medicine down the toilet.

If your medication is not on the flush list, you should follow these instructions to discard the medicine in your trash at home.

*Check out the Medication Disposal Q&A for more information including how to dispose of needles and syringes.

Many pharmacies and police stations have prescription drug take back drop offs as well. You can actually google “Prescription drug take back near me” and find a location near you.

Ms. Jenn Landers | Patient Advocate Alliance LLC
Edited by Dr. Justin Groode

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