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Medication Disposal

Proper medication disposal

When you make your spring-cleaning to-do list, don't forget the medicine cabinet!  That means properly disposing of unused or expired medicine, both prescription and over-the-counter.

Why Proper Disposal?

Some medicine is harmful if used by those for whom it's not intended, including children and animals.  Disposing of old medications reduces the risk of unintentional use, overdose, and illegal abuse. Plus, a wide range of prescription drugs has been found in lakes, streams, rivers, and drinking water supplies due to flushing them down the toilet.

How Do I Throw Away Medicine?

Follow the disposal instructions on the patient information that comes with your medicine. If you don't have this, throw the medicine in the trash. But be sure to follow these tips:

  • Take the medicine out of its original container. To protect your privacy, scratch off any personal information on the label.

  • Mix the medicine with something that masks the medicine or makes it unappealing, like kitty litter or used coffee grounds.

  • Put the mixture in a container or a plastic bag and place it in your trash.

Talk to your Kerr Drug pharmacist if you have questions about how to dispose of your medicine. Your pharmacist may also be able to tell you about any drug "take-back" programs in your area. You can also check with your state health department for additional information. 

More Information About Medicine Disposal

For more information regarding proper methods of disposing of your medicine, please visit the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website by clicking here.

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