Why Recycle Prescription Drugs?
- Expired medications can be dangerous to take.
- Having prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet makes your home more of a target for burglary or theft by drug abusers.
- When you recycle any unused prescription drugs, you reduce the risk of pets, children and teenagers coming into accidental possession of them.
- Prescription medication misuse by teens in on the rise and is currently the most common of any type of drug misuse.
- By recycling, and not flushing, unused prescription drugs, you are keeping them out of our lakes, streams and drinking water systems.
Disposal of Prescription Drugs
- Never flush unused drugs down the toilet or the drain in order to reduce water contamination.
- Dispose of your unused drugs by placing them in the trash if a collection program is not available:
- Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
- Grind and mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
- Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
- Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
- Place the sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.