Medications that languish in home medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion and misuse by children, pets, and people who seek them out for illegal sale or use. This poses a health, safety, and security threat. Studies show that many drugs that end up in the wrong hands are obtained from home medicine cabinets. The takebackyourmeds Your Meds program addresses an important public health and safety issue by making it easy to safely dispose of unused or expired medications.
The easiest way to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription or over-the-counter medications is to drop them off at a participating collection site, location, or program immediately. If no drug take-back facilities are available, mix the medications with something inedible such as kitty litter, dirt, or used coffee grounds (do not crush pills or capsules). Put this mixture into a sealable plastic bag and throw it away. Remove or scratch out all identifying information on the empty pill bottle and discard it as well.
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You may also check to see if your local town or city offers household pharmaceutical collections in partnership with law enforcement. Additionally, many DEC collection boxes now accept electronic vaping devices and cartridges provided the lithium batteries are removed. Military pharmacies in the United States and Puerto Rico are part of the Defense Logistics Agency’s Drug Take-Back program and follow strict U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration guidelines for the proper incineration of medication. For year-round convenience, CVS Pharmacy(r) offers in-store prescription drug disposal units during regular business hours at thousands of locations nationwide.