Thankfully, there is a safe and more effective way to dispose of our unwanted medications that also prevents accidental ingestion. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection advises that you follow these seven easy steps to ensure your medications are properly disposed of:
For liquids: add something inedible like cat litter, dirt or cayenne pepper.
Remember, it is illegal for your doctor, pharmacy or hospital to take back drugs that have already been prescribed. Instead, when possible, take advantage of community drug take-back programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal. Call your city or county government to see if a take-back program is available in your area.
For a current list of drop-off disposal sites in Florida, please visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/waste/categories/medications/pages/disposal.htm
By following these easy steps to properly dispose of your prescription medications, you can ensure the safety of children in your household, as well as your community. Don’t let your unused drugs pose a safety hazard.
For more information on the proper ways to dispose of your medications, please visit the following links: