Tip of the week
How to dispose of old meds
Return them to the pros. Maybe you missed April 28’s National Prescription Take Back Day, but there are other ways to empty a medicine cabinet of expired pills. Consult DisposeMyMeds.org: Many pharmacies, hospitals, and clinics collect and destroy unused drugs.
Drop them in a kiosk. Walgreens pharmacies have kiosks for anonymous disposal of meds, including opioids. Remove personal information, then drop containers in the slot.
Mail them in. CVS, Costco, and Rite Aid pharmacies sell postage-paid envelopes for use in mailing drugs to a disposal facility.
Throw them out. Be careful if you put pills in the trash: First mix them with sawdust, cat litter, or coffee grounds in a sealed plastic bag. The DEA recommends the toilet for dangerous drugs if no disposal resource is available—but flushing does leave trace amounts of the drug in the water supply.
Source: Consumer Reports
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