5 TIPS FOR HOME DRUG DISPOSAL
- Don’t flush prescription medications down the toilet or pour them down the drain unless the label specifically tells you to do so.
- Protect personal information on medication labels.
Remove or conceal prescription numbers, names, phone numbers, and other identifiable information from prescription bottles or containers. You can remove adhesive labels, cover protected health information (PHI) in black marker, or wrap duct tape around the label.
- As consumers, take advantage of community drug take-back programs.
The DEA sponsors national take-backs twice a year, historically in April and October, which are open to the public and offered in conjunction with local law enforcement. Additionally, many municipal or county health departments offer take-back days throughout the year, so be sure to check with the local health department to see if any take-back days have been scheduled.
- Safely dispose of partial or leftover dosages.
People with multiple chronic medical conditions may require numerous prescription drugs to manage their condition. When medications change or medication dosages are altered, or if you have a family member who passes away, or needs partial dosages, drug disposal must be managed properly.
- Keep drugs out of harm’s way.
Prescription drug abuse kills thousands of people each year as a result of accidental ingestion, improper use, or abuse. Be sure to keep drugs out of children’s reach, and protect against the opportunity for others to access your medications. You never know who may be opening your medicine cabinet!