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Safe Medication Disposal


you always read the labels on your

over-the-counter and prescription

medications and take them according to

directions you take care to store them

up and away and out of sight of young

children to avoid accidental poisoning

and keep them out of the hands of those

who might abuse them what you might not

know is how important it is to also

safely dispose of medications that are

expired or that you no longer want you

should never take medications that have

expired or are damaged in some way

because they may no longer work and can

even be harmful but what does safe

disposal mean more than 40% of

medications sold are believed to end up

unused so you're not the only one

wondering what to do this film walks you

through how to dispose of your

medications in a way that's safe for

your loved ones prevents abuse and is

friendly to the environment first make

sure you're not getting more medication

than you need check with a healthcare

professional before filling a

prescription if you think you're getting

more doses than you need if you get

prescription medications from an online

or mail-order pharmacy periodically

check your automatic refills if you

don't stay on top of them you could be

paying for unneeded medications that

could start to pile up when you're ready

to get rid of unwanted medications you

can usually dispose of them at home in

three simple steps but first check the

label and package inserts to see if

there are any specific disposal

instructions there are a few medications

that you should flush because they can

be harmful even in just one dose

flushing gets rid of them quickly and

reduces the danger of unintentional

misuse or abuse certain adhesive pain

patches that deliver medication through

the skin are a good example they are

strong enough to cause breathing

problems and even death in infants young

children and pets

even use patches have enough remaining

medication to do horn

you may be wondering if it's okay for

the environment if you flush your

medications scientists continue to study

this but most of the medications found

in the environment get there from people

taking them and naturally passing them

through their bodies however to be on

the safe side never flush a medication

unless the directions specifically tell

you to do so also certain types of

medication like inhalers needles or

aerosols may have specific disposal

instructions if you don't want to

dispose of your medications at home and

there are no specific instructions you

can dispose of medications at local take

back programs through the DEA or your

local community pharmacy or law

enforcement agency take back days call

your city to see what's available near

you look for events in September when

the DEA usually hosts a national

prescription drug take-back day and go

to WWE EA gov to learn more if no take

back program is available the simplest

way to dispose of all over-the-counter

medications and most prescription

medications is to throw them in the

trash at home following these simple

steps first remove the medication from

its original container and mix it with

something undesirable like kitty litter

dirt or coffee grounds this makes the

medication less appealing and less

recognizable to children pets or those

actively seeking drugs feel the mixture

in a bag can or other container that

prevents leaking then throw it in the

trash you should also protect your

privacy by destroying the personal

information on your prescription label

or making it unreadable by scratching

out the information and finally never

give your unwanted medications to

friends health care professionals

prescribe or recommend medication based

on your specifics and

and medical history something that works

for you could be dangerous for someone

else safe disposal of your OTC and

prescription medications is important

easy and in most cases free if you are

still unsure of how to dispose of a

medication you can always go to the safe

disposal page at WWF be a gov or ask

your pharmacist