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How to Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs

Dumping prescription drugs down the toilet is no longer the recommended disposal method. Follow these simple directions the next time you need to discard prescription medications.

I received a leaflet from my veterinary clinic with instructions on how to best dispose of unused prescription medications.  While the source of where I received the leaflet was slightly odd, the information is relevent for human and animal medications.

I always remember hearing "throw unused medications down the toilet."  This is no longer reccommended due to the impact the drugs may have on the environment.  Here is what Smarxt Disposal reccommends:

  1. Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag.  If medication is a solid, add water to dissolve.
  2. Add kitty litter, sawdust, or coffee grounds to the plastic bag.
  3. Seal the plastic bag and dispose in the trash.

Unused prescription medications almost always come up in my work with clients.  I now know the responsible method for disposal.  More information can be found at smarxtdisposal.net.

Hillary Adams Case is a Professional Organizer with Living Peace LLC of Salem, MA and Winchester, MA.  Check us out at www.living-peace.com.  Or call (617) 519-5693.

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Liz February 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM
FYI: many police stations have disposal boxes for medications.

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