Storing and Discarding Medications

Storing and Discarding MedicationsWoman Looking in Medicine Cabinet

Medicines that have expired or are no longer used should be disposed of safely, protecting you, your family, pets, community and environment. Many police stations now have a Drop Box Drug Disposal Program allowing residents to discard unwanted or unused medicines in special locked boxes any time the police department lobby is open without having to complete forms. Check with your local police department to see if they participate in this program. Chain pharmacies such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid also provide disposal envelopes for prescription and over-the-counter medicines for a small fee. Ask your pharmacist for details and program restrictions.

Do not flush medicines. Put them in a sealable plastic bag, add water to dissolve pills, add kitty litter, sawdust or coffee grounds to make it less attractive to animals to eat, seal the bag and dispose of in the trash. Make sure the containers of the medications do not have any identifying information on them before you throw them away. Additionally,

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