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Why Should I Throw out Unused Prescription Pills?

Why Should I Throw out Unused Prescription Pills?Unused or expired prescription medicine must be properly disposed. Keeping unused prescription drugs in the home only allows opportunity for abuse. The drugs no longer serve a legitimate medical purpose for anyone, so there is no point to keep them. Getting rid of the leftover medication prevents children, spouses, friends or the original user abusing the unused pills. This also diminishes the chances of a loved one overdosing on the medication. Disposing of unused prescription pills prevents the owner from illegally selling or distributing pills to friends or strangers. Engaging in the resale of prescription pills can be both legally and financially costly. Without a professional medical diagnosis, no one can be certain how an individual will react to a drug. Handing out unused medication to others can cause serious health complications and even death. Throwing out unused pills eliminates this risk altogether.

How to Dispose of Unused Prescription Medicines

In order to properly dispose of any unused prescription pills, individuals must first look for any specific disposal instructions on the drug label or in the patient information. If the drugs can be put in the trash, individuals should take the pills out of their original containers and mix them with an unattractive substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds. The pills can be ground up or crushed in order to mix well. This will prevent children, pets or strangers from finding and consuming the leftover drugs. The mixture should be placed in a sealed bag or container to prevent the contents from spilling out. People should also be sure to black out the identifying information on their prescription label.

Should I Flush Expired or Unused Prescription Pills?

Most prescription drugs should not be flushed down the toilet due to environmental concerns. Trace levels of drug residue have been found in lakes, ponds and some community drinking supplies. Disposal instructions on the bottle’s label will specifically indicate whether the pills should be flushed down the toilet or not. Many prescription drugs contain powerful medications that are harmful to children or pets, and it is important to get rid of them immediately by flushing.

Not Sure If You Should Flush or Throw Away Your Medicine?

If a prescription or over-the-counter medication does not supply disposal instructions on the label, your local pharmacy will be able to provide appropriate instructions. Community drug take-back programs are rising up across the United States for those who want to dispose of their medication properly and avoid environmental hazards. Take-back programs allow the public to bring their unused medication to a central location or pharmacy for proper discarding. Your local pharmacy or city council can provide information on participating communities and National Prescription Drug Take Back days.

Stop Leftover Prescription Drug Abuse

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be struggling with prescription drug addiction, the time to get help is now. Please call our toll-free helpline today to speak with a recovery counselor today. Our counselors are available 24 hours a day to provide information about prescription drug disposal, use and addiction and will be able to answer any questions you may have about abuse or addiction treatment. If you are ready to end drug use, our counselors will help you find the right treatment program today.

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