My husband and I have some prescription medications that we no longer need and/or are expired. What is the best and safest way to get rid of them?
Collection sites around the US join in a biannual National Take Back Initiative: a DEA-backed effort to reduce the illicit use of improperly disposed of prescription medications.
If there isn’t a Take Back collection site near you, contact your local pharmacy. Sometimes they are equipped to dispose of your unwanted pills. Or you can encourage them to join in the effort of the Take Back program.
To dispose of the pills yourself, read these guidelines. The basic rules of thumb:
1. Don’t flush them! (While the FDA still recommends flushing some meds, environmental groups are not supportive of any kind of pharmaceuticals leaching into our water supply.)
2. Make them unidentifiable and unappealing.
Have fun purging your pill box!