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Spring Cleaning? Properly Dispose of Medication

Properly Dispose of Medication
Spring cleaning goes hand in hand with spring. Whether you participate in the popular “KonMari” method of cleaning your house or you just do a quick check of your medicine cabinet, as you check your medicines, here is how to dispose of expired and unused medication.

Properly Dispose of MedicationExpired Medication
It is important to get rid of expired medication because expired medication may not work the way it’s supposed to. Don’t risk taking an expired medication. Also check eye drops and ear drops as well.

There are two ways to get rid of medication: by throwing it in your household trash or by flushing it down the drain. According to the FDA, you should only flush medication if it is specifically stated on the bottle the medicine came in. This disposal treatment typically applies to medicines considered to have a high potential for being abused. Check this FDA link to see which medicines should be flushed. Some medicines have directions on them that direct you to dispose of them by flushing. Read the label on the medicine carefully to see if this is the case.

The FDA has steps you can take to properly dispose of medication in the trash that isn’t flushable:

  • Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds
  • Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
  • Throw the container in your household trash
  • Delete all personal information on the prescription label of empty pill bottles or medicine packaging, then dispose of the container

The steps above are meant to protect others from abusing or mistakenly taking medicine they should not, and the step for removing personal information is to protect your privacy and safeguard your information.

Unused Medication
In its own category is unused medication, usually medication that is prescribed for a specific time frame or condition. Once that condition has resolved or the time frame has been passed, it is important to dispose of unused medication promptly. The same steps above apply to disposing of unused medication: read the label on the medication, then follow the instructions above for flushing it or throwing it away in the trash. It is important not to try to save unused medication for treating yourself or others.

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