It's overwhelming to see over thirty bottles of unused prescriptions piling up in your medicine cabinet. Expired and unused pills serve little purpose other than to decorate your cabinet and clutter useful space. One may be tempted to take a large garbage bag and “dump away” all these unwanted drugs. So what is the proper way of discarding unwanted prescriptions? Aside from environmental factors, there are other concerns and safety precautions involved in medication dumping.
Here are some Tips to consider before disposing medications:
1. Read prescription labels for disposal instructions. Many pill bottles provide medication disposal instructions printed on the label. If you have difficulty finding this information on the label, take the container to the pharmacy for further assistance and instructions.
2. Inquire with your city or pharmacy on “take-back” programs available. These are centers where individuals bring medications for proper disposal.