Prescription medication is an important purchase for consumers because they help them recover and maintain good health. Much like food, medication is also a perishable product. It needs to be disposed of when it’s well past its expiration, has no use anymore, or is unwanted because it can harm people and animals.
Unwanted medication must be disposed of properly to prevent them from causing harm to others. However, most people don’t know there are safe ways to go about it, so it doesn’t become a risk to anybody else. Aside from its harmful effects on people, there’s also the fact that it is trash that harms the environment.
The good thing is that you can do it at home, and manufacturers include instructions on how to throw it away. Learn more about the importance of proper medication disposal and how you can do it.
The importance of properly disposing of medicines
Safe medicine removal protects you and others from the risks of accidental usage. Besides drugs that are past their expiration date, some of them can be dangerous for people who aren’t meant to take them. The most vulnerable ones exposed to accidental drug usage include children and pets.
Immediate and safe disposal of expired, unwanted, unused, damaged, and unidentified drugs are important to avoid potential misuse and accidental intake of people inside your home. Another thing to also consider is that improper removal will also put the people and animals at risk outside your home because they can be found and consumed.
Ways to properly dispose of medicine
Here are options on how you properly get rid of medicine:
Drug take-back programs
Drug take-back programs take every kind of unneeded medication to facilitate proper disposal. You can find one nearest to you by visiting the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) website.
You can also dispose of medication immediately by flushing them down the toilet. There’s a list of medicines that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deems to outweigh their potential environmental impact over their potential risks to people’s health. If you find your medicine on that list, you can flush them right away.
Throwing them in the trash
You can also throw medicine in the trash if there is no drug take-back programs in your locale, it doesn’t come with safe disposal instructions, and it’s not on the FDA’s flush list. When throwing drugs away, you need to:
- Take out its packaging.
- Mix it with a substance that will deter children and animals, such as coffee grounds or cat litter.
- Remove any personal information on the bottle or packaging.
- Avoid crushing any capsules or tablets.
Editor’s Note on Proper Medication Disposal:
Practice proper disposal of medicine to avoid the threat of any unwanted trouble it can cause. Consider The Consumer knows the importance of consumer health which is why we’re committed to providing you with helpful information.