Don't Flush Your Medications

Got Drugs? - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

September 27, 2014
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

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General Medical Disposal Information

proper disposal of medications

flushing down the tolietDON'T flush unused medicines. 

Why? Because they can end up in our rivers and streams. To help protect our environment, throw unused, unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription medicines in the trash. Don’t flush medicines — except when specifically instructed by the label.

DO throw them in the trash.

The American Pharmacists Association recommends steps for safely disposing of pills and liquids. These steps will help prevent their misuse or accidental ingestion by children or pets.

  1. Keep the medicines in their original container. This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.
  2. Cross out your name and prescription number for safety.
  3. For pills: Add some salt water to start dissolving them. For liquids: Add something inedible like cat litter, dirt or ash.
  4. Seal the container and secure with duct or packing tape.
  5. Put the container in the trash as close to pickup time as possible. Do not put in the recycle bin.

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