Proper Medication Disposal

MedicinePrescription medicine take-back programs and city- or county-sponsored disposal bins are great for getting rid of unwanted, expired, or unused medication. But what should you do if there are no take-back programs or disposal bins in your area? Follow these steps recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

  1. Mix whole, intact tablets or capsules with an inedible material like cat litter, dirt, or used coffee grounds.

  2. Place the mixture in a sealed plastic zipper bag.

  3. Throw the sealed bag away in your household trash bin.

  4. Remove or cover any personal information on empty pill bottles and place them in the recycle or trash bin.

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