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  1. Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Drug Disposal: Questions and Answers

Get additional information about disposal of unused or expired drugs

This question and answer section provides additional details on drug disposal options and why FDA recommends flushing certain potentially dangerous medicines only when take back options are not readily available.

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  • 2Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. PROTECT Initiative: Advancing Children’s Medication Safety. Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/medicationsafety/protect/protect_initiative.html
  • 3 a b McFee RB, Caraccio TR. "Hang Up Your Pocketbook" -- an easy intervention for the granny syndrome: grandparents as a risk factor in unintentional pediatric exposures to pharmaceuticals. J Am Osteopath Assoc. 2006 Jul;106(7):405-411. Retrieved from http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2093323
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