DEA Drug "Take-Back" Day

What do I do with my expired medications?
This Saturday, 4/27, from 10am-2pm, the DEA is sponsoring a nation wide drug take back program.  Many facilities will allow you to come and hand them your old and expired prescription medications, including controlled substances.  This is an excellent, and safe way to get rid of those dangerous medications.  Please follow this link to find the location closest to your home.
A common question I get in the pharmacy on a regular basis is, what do I do with my expired medications?

First, let me tell you what not to do with them.
Please, do not give your expired medications to anyone else to take, it is against federal law, in addition to the fact that an individual needs to be evaluated by a health care practitioner and prescribed a medication before they may legally take the medication. Also, please do not flush your medications down the toilet.
Check with your local pharmacy or your waste management program to see if there is a medication disposal program available. If there is no medication disposal program available, then you may take the medications and put them in a container such as a zip lock bag. Then mix in something unpalatable such as kitty litter or coffee grounds. Then add a little water to the mixture. Now, take the container and put it in a brown paper bag and put it in the garbage.


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