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Disposing of Prescription Drugs

Expired and unused prescription drugs should be disposed of safely. This is a guide about disposing of prescription drugs.


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October 8, 2010

I got this tip from Hospice. Sometimes we all have expired medications, prescription change medications or left over medications from pass away loved ones. This nurse told me to dispose of them by adding them to coffee grounds or soiled diapers.


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April 27, 2012 Flag

If you have any unused prescription drugs around the house you can dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 27th, 2013 at one of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day events. Follow this link to find a collection box near you.


Even if you miss the day the link has information about where you can take old medication any day of the year.

Experts don't recommend flushing prescription drugs down the toilet or disposing of them in your trash since they dissolve and can harm wildlife. However, it is very important to get old prescription drugs out of your house.

Many drugs pose a danger to children so removing them once they are unneeded can help make your home safer. In addition, expired drugs can lose their efficacy, so you're better off getting a new prescription rather than holding onto an old one for years just in case.

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March 2, 20130 found this helpful

In our area, there is a local homeless clinic called the Jesus Clinic. You can take all your unused medicines there and they're used for the homeless under a doctors care from the clinic. Check with your local homeless shelters to see if there are clinics in your area that can use unwanted medicines.

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January 16, 2013 Flag

Our doctor's office has a drop off box for expired medications, which makes getting rid of them very easy. However, we aren't there very often so I collect any that we have in a large plastic container. Then whenever I head to the doctor, I bring it with me and drop off the medications.


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January 18, 20130 found this helpful

This is interesting. Is it so that the doctors will recycle them so they don't end up in the oceans/landfills? That sounds like a great thing. The quantities of antibiotics and random medicines in the water supply are said to be horrific.

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February 2, 2010

The Green Way to Get Rid of Unused Prescription Drugs

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Whether the prescription is for people or pets, most of us can find at least one or two bottles containing unused or outdated medications in our medicine cabinet.


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January 9, 2008

It's time to clean out your medicine chest. Be ruthless and discard ANY medicine which is past it's expiration date (adverse drug reactions is the 5th leading cause of DEATH in the USA).

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