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How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medication

March 5, 2021

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medication

We are all responsible for disposing of medications safely. 

Medications that go unused and expire are a hazard. Oftentimes, there is a bit of leftover liquid after a prescribed medicine has been taken. How do you dispose of it? Should it be thrown in the trash, or flushed down the toilet? Should it be returned to the pharmacy? 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), accidental exposure to medicine is a major source of unintentional poisonings in the United States. Some medications can be harmful or perhaps deadly if someone other than the person whom it was prescribed for takes it. Therefore, safety is of utmost importance. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) web site has resources on drug disposal, including rules and fact sheets, to help you dispose of medicines safely.

Down the drain.

According to the FDA, there are certain medicines that are okay to flush down the sink or toilet. A list of those recommended for disposal by flushing can be found here.

Take-back programs.

Don’t return your unused medicine to your pharmacy. Almost all medicines can be safely disposed of by using medicine take-back programs. You can contact your city or county government for more information on these local programs. Or, you can use U.S. DEA-authorized collectors.

LB MedWaste is committed to safe handling. The company can even provide on-site training for your staff to ensure your work environment is compliant to all federal and state requirements. Call 888-526-3392 for more information on the safe disposal of medications.  

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