Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them?

Most drugs can be thrown in the household trash, but consumers should take certain precautions before tossing them out, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Follow any specific disposal instructions on the drug label or patient information that accompanies the medication. Do not flush prescription down the toilet unless this information specially instructs you to do so.

If their is no instruction given , throw the drugs in the household trash, but first:

Take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as kitty litter or coffee grounds. Making the medication less appealing  to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.

Place them in a seal able bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.

Take advantage of the community drug take-back programs (or drop boxes) that allow the public to bring unused drugs to the central location for proper disposal. You can find drop boxes at your local police and sheriff’s office locations or substations in all 77 counties. To learn more please visit.

All of this information was provided by: The FDA Consumer Health Information/ www.fda.gov/consumer

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