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No Disposal Instructions? Here's A Generic Disposal Regimen

MIX MEDICINES

1.

Moisten the capsules or pills with
water in their
original containers and
mix them with an undesirable substance such
as dirt, kitty litter or used
coffee grounds. This is to
make the drugs less appealing to children, pets
and unrecognizable to
people who may intentionally go through the
trash seeking drugs.

2.

SEAL

Place the mixture in a container such as a
plastic bag or an empty
coffee can.

which of the disposal methods you choose, scratch
out the prescription number and all personal information on the prescription label of your pill bottle
to make it unreadable. This will help protect your
identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
IMPORTANT: All medicines can be very harmful if used by someone other than the patient for
whom it was prescribed. Some medicines can be so
dangerous that they come with instructions on how
to properly dispose of them when they remain unused or when they expire. Some of these medicines'

HEALTHCARE

If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling and no takeback program is available in your area, perform the following steps:

THROW AWAY

3.

Seal the container and throw
the container in
your household trash.

method of disposal includes flushing them down a
sink or toilet when they are no longer needed. You
may see a list of these medicines at the following
website:
www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/Consumerupdates/
ucm101653.htm
NOTE: This article is limited to the disposal of
unwanted, unneeded or expired oral medications
and does not apply to the disposal of medical sharps
such as syringe and needles as well as aerosols such
as oral or nasal inhalers.
For additional information visit www.fda.gov.

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