Prescription Medication

DISPOSAL SAFETY GUIDE

Prescription Medication

DISPOSAL SAFETY GUIDE

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Improper Drug Disposal Environmental Impact

Negative Environmental Factors Include

Feminization
of Fish
Drug Traces in
Drinking Water
Ecosystem
Disruption
Soil
Contamination

Recommended medication disposal procedures



According to the FDA, medicine take-back options are the preferred way to safely dispose of most types of unneeded medicines. You can dispose of medicines at a local DEA-registered collector, which will safely and securely collect and dispose of pharmaceuticals containing controlled substances and other medicines. Authorized permanent collection sites may be in retail pharmacies, hospital or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement facilities. Contact your local pharmacy for more information.


Medication Incineration Process

Medications are finally transported to an incinerator where they’re destroyed in an environmentally-friendly manner.

Medication Incineration Process

Medications are finally transported to an incinerator where they’re destroyed in an environmentally-friendly manner.

HOW TO SAFELY DISPOSE
OF MEDICATIONS

Mix

Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds.

Place

Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.

Throw Away

Throw the container in your household trash.

Scratch Out

Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.

SHARPS SAFETY DISPOSAL

Sharps is a medical term for medical related devices with sharp points or edges that can puncture or cut skin. They include needles, syringes, lancets and auto injectors. When sharps are not properly disposed of, they pose a health risk to the community and waste collection staff. It may even be illegal in your community to place sharps in your recycle or trash. Talk to your pharmacist about safe sharps disposal. Most pharmacies offer sharps containers and disposal services.