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How to Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicine

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FEMALE NARRATOR: Unused medicines can spell many things.

RISK, if they’re taken by someone they weren’t prescribed for.

HARM, if accidentally taken by a child or pet.

DANGER, or even death, if not used as directed.

Unused or expired medicines may be hiding right in your home.

In bathrooms,




and anywhere you store medicines.

So why put your family at risk?

Safely dispose of unused or expired medicines before they can do harm.

There are many ways to get rid of them.

The best option is to find a drug take-back location.

This could be a local pharmacy or a police station.

These take-back locations may offer on-site medicine drop-off boxes,

mail-back programs, or in-home disposal products.

DEA’s web page can help you find a take-back location near you.

Just enter your zip code.

If you don’t have a drug take-back location near you,

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