Throwing away medication in the wrong way can increase the dangers of unintentional use or illegal abuse, either by other adults or by young children.

6 Steps For Medication Disposal 

Here are some safe steps to follow each and every time you have medicine to throw away:

  • For the sake of privacy, removing any identifying information from the bottle before throwing it away.
  • Follow the disposal guidelines noted on the bottle or patient information sheet, if available.
  • Never flush prescriptions drugs unless otherwise instructed by your doctor, the bottle or the patient information sheet.
  • Whenever possible, crush pills or capsules or dissolve them in water. This will help prevent someone else from using them, either unintentionally or deliberately.
  • If you can’t crush them, remove pills from their containers and place them deeper inside of the trash. Or, mix them with garbage content that no one would want to touch.
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If you have any questions or concerns about medication disposal, ask your pharmacist or doctor.

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