Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them?
Lambert pharmacy recommends the following ways to get rid of unwanted prescription and OTC medications. A patient may take the unwanted prescription to the local police station (Peachtree City police or Coweta/ Fayette Sheriff Office) for disposal or use the following below at home.
Disposal in Household Trash
If no medicine take-back programs or DEA-authorized collectors are available in your area, and there are no specific disposal instructions on the label, you can also follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:
- Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
- Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
- Throw the container in your household trash;
- Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, and then dispose of the container.
**All syringes and needles need to be thrown away in plastic container marked biohazard**