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Disposing of Prescription Drugs

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. This stops people who go through trash cans from getting them or contaminated by them. This is vital when those medications are narcotics. He said that putting them down the toilet was not the way to dispose of them.

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By Virginia G. from Porterville, CA

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In the past four months, I now have a few different medications that are not working for me or had a bad reaction to so did some searching about what to do with them.

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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.

Pills to be disposed.

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I went to get my flu shot and I am pleased to say we now have a medication disposal drop off box at our local CVS.

Safe Disposal of Medicine - disposal box at pharmacy

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Whether the prescription is for people or pets, most of us can find at least one or two bottles containing unused or outdated medications in our medicine cabinet.

The Green Way to Get Rid of Unused Prescription Drugs

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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.

meds in container

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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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Resolve to clean out your medicine chest, never use medications that are not prescribed for you, are expired or which cannot be identified.

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