Disposing of Unwanted MedicationsExpired or unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medications from households have traditionally been disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or a drain. Although this method of disposal prevents immediate accidental ingestion, it can cause pollution in wastewater, which has been demonstrated to cause adverse effects to fish and other aquatic wildlife. When the water is eventually reused, it can also cause unintentional human exposure to chemicals in medications.
Got Drugs? - National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Saturday, October 27
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
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CVS offers a mail-back service utilizing a pre-addressed envelope to send the unwanted medications to a facility for disposal or incineration. The CVS
TakeAway Envelope is available online at cvs.com or at any CVS storefront.
Selected Pharmacies Accept Unwanted Medications
Some pharmacies recognize the importance of safety control and dispose of unused medications and offer self-funded collection programs. You can enter your zip code within the following website to find the closest participating pharmacy. Upon locating the closest participating pharmacy, always contact them directly to ensure their participation and individual program guidelines.
Other Types of Pharmaceutical Waste
- Unused ampoules, vials, and IV bags should not be opened (other than to scratch out the patient's name).
- Wrap the container with tape to minimize the breakage, then place in an opaque plastic container (such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub).
- Wrap the outside of the container or bag with additional duct or shipping tape to prevent leakage and never leave needles where others can be injured further.
- Dispose of the container in the trash.
- Place syringes/needles in a "Sharps" or rigid plastic container with a screw on lid (like laundry detergent).
- Mark outside container with "needles or sharps"
- Tape or secure lid - if possible
- Place in trash cart for weekly collections and disposal.