Use these online resources or contact your local law enforcement to help clear your cabinets.
It’s so easy to have old medication lying around. Maybe you forgot to take your full round of meds, or your doctor switched your prescription part-way through your treatment. Or, you may have stopped taking your antibiotics when your symptoms went away.
(This isn’t recommended as it encourages the bacteria in your body to become resistant to the antibiotics you were taking. Some people aren’t aware of this though, and it happens).
In any case, if you have extra old medications lying around your home, it’s best to get rid of them. No one can get into them by accident, such as children or pets, and everyone is kept safe.
So, should you flush those pills down the toilet? No. Medication has already been found in tap water in many places, and we don’t need any more in there.
Do this. You can return your unused meds back to a pharmacy. Check online at disposemymeds.org to find out how. This site is an online resource that will help you find a medication disposal program near you. It’s run by the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) and you can find more information on it by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can also contact your local law enforcement agency and find out if medication disposal is available at the precinct. Some pharmacies don’t participate in the drug take-back program, and this could be an option if you’re stuck with no help. (Law enforcement is involved in all of this due to the opioid problem in the country).
Do your part in helping to keep your home and community drug-safe. It’s easy!