Proper Medicine Disposal
How do you properly dispose of medicines?
Expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from households should never be disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or a drain. Although this method of disposal prevents accidental ingestion, it can cause contamination to Florida's aquatic environment because wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove many of these medications.
Please use these practical guidelines when disposing of prescription and over-the-counter medicines:
Seven Easy Steps For Pills and Liquids:
- For Pills- add some water or soda to start dissolving them.
For Liquids- add something inedible like cat litter, dirt or cayenne pepper.
- Keep the medicines in the original container. This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.
- Mark out your name and prescription number for safety.
- Close the lid and secure with duct or packing tape.
- Place the bottle(s) inside an opaque (non see-through) container like a coffee can or plastic laundry bottle.
- Tape that container closed.
- Hide the container in the trash.
- Give drugs to anyone else.
- Flush drugs down the toilet.
- Put drugs in the trash without disguising them Γ?? human or animal scavengers may find them and misuse them.
- Do not put in the recycle bin.
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