Medication disposal

From time to time we all rely on medications to help us treat a variety of conditions and ailments. All medications however reach a point when they become expired, unused or unwanted. Proper disposal of medication is crucial to ensure that it is not accidentally ingested by children or pets or does not end up in our water supply. Although most medications may properly be disposed of in the trash, there are several precautions that should be taken. For example, medicine should first be mixed in with an unpalatable substance and then placed in a sealed plastic bag. In addition, many communities have medicine take-back programs and formal prescription drug take-back events are routinely held nationwide.

For more information about disposing of unused medicines or locating a take-back program in your area, visit: http://1.usa.gov/12sFIJ