prescription drug disposal

Improper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

12 Aug: The Hidden Danger of the Improper Disposal of Prescription Drugs

  Do you have old prescription drugs lurking in your medicine cabinet, under your bathroom sink, or tucked away in some other nook or cranny of your home? If so, then you are not alone. It is common for people to have expired or unused medication at home. Perhaps the medication is one that is not used daily and has expired or perhaps it belonged to a loved one who has passed away. Regardless, having it sitting around the house is dangerous. It is equally dangerous to dispose of prescription drugs improperly. Whether it is time for spring cleaning or some other purge, many people tend to take this old medication and either flush it down the toilet or throw it in…

16 Sep: How to dispose of unused prescription drugs

As we’ve been writing about here, teens who abuse prescription drugs often get them from their parents’ medicine cabinets. In many cases, the drugs are not currently being used by the parents; they were simply never discarded. With this in mind, we’ve decided to reprint the federal government’s guidelines for the proper disposal of prescription drugs. They are: Take unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers. Throw the packaging in the trash. Mix prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags. This will further ensure the drugs are not diverted. Flush prescription drugs down the toilet…