Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know
How to Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicine
- The best way to dispose of most types* of old, unused, unwanted, or expired medicines (both prescription and over the counter) is to drop off the medicine at a drug take back site, location, or program immediately.
- If you cannot get to a drug take back location promptly, or there is none near you, and your medicine is
- on the FDA flush list, your next best option is to immediately flush these potentially dangerous medicine down the toilet.
- not on the flush list, you should follow these instructions to discard the medicine in your trash at home.
*Check out the Medication Disposal Q&A for more information including how to dispose of needles and syringes.
Drug Disposal Options Infographic (PDF; 2.1MB)
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