How to Dispose of Unneeded Prescription Drugs

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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. 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.

Pills to be disposed.

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March 2, 20130 found this helpful

Hi - I am very concerned about disposal of prescription drugs as many times I get prescription and cannot take so there are a lot pills/capsules left.
The web site you have a link to is very good but they also say it is okay to flush meds (bottom of the page links on how to dispose...) and other suggestions of course.

My local Walgreens and CVS at one time had a free program but had to stop because of "theft" so now they sell a container that you can use but they are expensive (at least to me) so I wait until one of them have a "free" day (similar to this one shown) but that just means the drugs are in my house for several months.


Some one told me that if Hospice cares for someone in their home, they will flush all meds when the person dies. Of course, a lot of this medication may be morphine and should be disposed of as soon as possible. But, it still should be a concern for everyone.

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March 2, 20130 found this helpful

Please do not flush drugs. This pollutes our water supply and may some day prevent us from having pure fresh water to drink.

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March 2, 20130 found this helpful

Part of this information is missing. It is now known that flushing medication or disposing down your drain leads the drugs back to your own water source. Municipal utilities have water treatment plants that take what you flush or run down the drain and recycle that water back into use again. Even to come out of your own tap to drink.


Absolutely, what is disposed of improperly does affect the water ways and streams of your local area. In this, the fish, wild life, etc will come back in to your own food chain, if not you, your neighbor.
Take the scripts back to your drug store. They do not have to be a controlled substance for disposal. It can be old vitamins, aspirin, etc. They have ways of disposing it. Also, controlled substances can be dropped off at your local sheriff or police departments for proper disposal.

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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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March 4, 20130 found this helpful

You can also check with your doctor, they often give sample meds to patients who do not have a drug plan. And check your local police station, some have 24 hour disposal areas.

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