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Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

Learn how to properly dispose of old, unused, unwanted, or expired medicine

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Video: How to Dispose of Medicine

Drug disposal options to consider and instructions for getting rid of old, expired, unwanted, or unused medicines

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How to Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicine


*Check out the Medication Disposal Q&A for more information including how to dispose of needles and syringes.

This graphic visually depicts the methods available to consumers to dispose of their unused, unwanted or expired medications. The methods, in order of preference, include readily available drug take-bake programs, disposal in the household trash and, for a few potentially dangerous medications, disposal by flushing in the toilet.

Drug Disposal Options Infographic (PDF; 2.1MB)


Use our Safe Opioid Disposal - Remove the Risk Outreach Toolkit, which contains public service announcements (PSAs), social media posts and images, fact sheets, and more, for talking with others about safe opioid disposal

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