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Properly Disposing of Medications 

 By Amanda Wilkes:

Nearly 200 million pounds of unwanted, unused or expired medication are improperly disposed of old medicationevery year. Medications cannot be recycled and should not be disposed of without care. By discarding unused, unwanted or expired medication in the trash, people (including children) are given access to medications that they have not been prescribed. This can be extremely dangerous. Flushing unused, unwanted or expired medicationsdown the toilet exposes everyone to them because they seep into our water lines and sources, ultimately poisoning everyone who comes into contact with them. These obviously are not the approaches we should be taking to medication disposal. So you may be asking yourself what you are supposed to do with the unused, unwanted or expired medication taking up a ton of space in your medicine cabinet. Do your part and properly dispose of YOUR medication with one of the suggestions below!

 Earth 911

Use this site to find recycling centers for medications and nearly anything else you can think of by simply searching for what you would like to recycle and indicating your zip code. 

Rx Drug Drop Box

The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators has launched this program to help you easily locate your closest Rx Drug Drop Box and identify the times that old or unused medications may be dropped off.  desposing medication


If you are located near a CVS Pharmacy, you can bring your unwanted, unused or expired medication to the pharmacy and purchase a medication disposal envelope for $3.99. Your medicines will be sent to a location where they will be discarded properly. 

Community Drug Take Back Programs 

Many communities offer several dates throughout the year when medications may be brought to the location and disposed of properly through their recycling project. Contact your community to be informed of these dates. 

 Sheriff’s Department

Many Sheriff’s Departments have drug disposal drop boxes. Contact your local Sherriff’s Department to see if there are any drug disposal drop boxes in your area

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