What should I do with old medication?
Please DO NOT flush unwanted medications down the toilet.
- Place the pills in a plastic zip-top bag with coffee grounds, flour or kitty litter and put the bag in your regular trash. This makes the medicines undesirable and prevents toxins from contaminating our drinking water.
- Local pharmacies may offer take-back or mail-in programs. For example, Rite Aid, CVS ($3.99), Walgreens ($2.99) and Giant sell prepaid envelopes that can be filled with unwanted medication and mailed to a disposal facility.
- Take advantage of government-sponsored programs when available. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has offered prescription drug take-back programs. Visit www.dea.gov for information.
- Visit www.disposemymeds.org for additional information and details about prescription donation sites.
Once you have safely disposed of the medication, you can recycle your empty medicine bottles.