FDA discusses proper disposal of prescription medicine
“It’s important to keep medicines in a storage location out of the reach and sight of children and pets, too,” Throckmorton said. “Be sure to put medicines away after every use. Don’t leave them out on the kitchen counter or some place where they can easily be grabbed by kids. Even simple measures like making sure that the safety cap is locked can help prevent accidents.”
Regarding the best way to dispose of them, Throckmorton recommends several options.
“For a small number of drugs, we recommend immediate removal from the home by flushing them down the toilet or sink,” Throckmorton said. “There are several programs consumers can access to help them dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs. First, take-back programs. These events are held in many parts of the country and can help you dispose of unused and unneeded drugs quickly and safely. Check with your local government or the DEA’s website for information on the next take-back event in your community. Another good option for safe disposal is to locate a DEA-authorized collection site. Authorized collection sites may be retail pharmacies, hospital or clinic pharmacies or law enforcement locations. Some authorized collection sites may also offer mail-back programs or collection receptacles, sometimes called drop-boxes.”
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