how should you throw away left over medication

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    1. DO NOT FLUSH unused medications. Consumers were once advised to flush their expired or unused medications; however, recent environmental impact studies report that this could be having an adverse impact on the environment. While the rule of thumb is not to flush, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that certain medications should be flushed due to their abuse potential. Read the instructions on your medication and talk to your pharmacist.

    2. When tossing unused medications, protect children and pets from the potentially negative effects. APhA recommends that consumers:

    Crush solid medications or dissolve them in water (this applies for liquid medications as well) and mix with kitty litter or sawdust (or any material that absorbs the dissolved medication and makes it less appealing for pets or children to eat), then place in a sealed plastic bag BEFORE tossing in the trash.
    Remove and destroy ALL identifying personal information (prescription label) from the medication container.
    Check for approved state and local collection programs or with area hazardous waste facilities. In certain states, you may be able to take your unused medications to your community pharmacy.
    3. Talk To Your Pharmacist. Research shows that pharmacists are one of the most accessible healthcare professionals. As the medication experts on the healthcare team, pharmacists are available to guide you on how to properly dispose of your unused medications.

    Following these simple steps can help protect your family and community, minimize a potential negative impact on the environment, and prevent the illegal diversion of unused medications.


    Well, I had no idea. I take all my meds. :)
    Headless Man

    I had flushed some, don't think it would hurt in the boondocks were I am.
    Take them to the chemist shop.
    Flush them down the toilet. Just make sure you don't flush too many at a time cause it will clog the toilet. Rip off label, tear it up and throw it away. Rinse the bottle and throw it away.

    You couldn't get away with that in CA.. They frown on drugs in the toilet.. We have recycling points to drop off outdated drugs.. My guess is they recycle it and sell it again.. LOL..We have so many crooks running this state.. :)

    I wonder who gets to have that job.

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