What to do with expired medicines

What should you do with unused or expired medicines?


Proper disposal of medication is essential to ensuring clean waterways and safe, drug-free communities. As part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 26th, law enforcement agencies and select pharmacies across the country will accept prescription and over-the-counter medications for safe disposal from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Find the collection site nearest you by entering your zip code into the National Take Back Initiative Collection Site locator.


If you can’t make it out to one of the prescription drug collection sites on September 26th, please learn how to safely dispose of medication. Medications should never be flushed down the sink or toilet. Wastewater treatment is designed to treat the water that goes down toilets and sinks and make it safe to return to the environment but a treatment plant cannot remove chemicals from medications once they’ve dissolved into the wastewater. When medication is poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet, they enter our waterways and have lasting impacts on the environment.



Here are the two sites linked in the article:


Drug Diversion Initiative site and location finder: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

Independent site with disposal tips: http://askhrgreen.org/medication-disposal/