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Dispose Of Unused Drugs On "Take-Back" Day

09/28/12

  04:56:47 pm, by MedBen5   , 258 words,  
Categories: News, Prescription

Dispose Of Unused Drugs On "Take-Back" Day

Before you settle in for an afternoon of college football on the tube this weekend, you may want to first take a few minutes performing a worthwhile task: Gather up your unneeded or expired medications and participate in National Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day.

According to WebMD, more than 5,600 drop-off sites will be available in all 50 dates and U.S. territories on September 29. The event is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a way to remind Americans that unused medications pose a serious health risk to children and pets.

If you can’t make it to take-back day, make sure to dispose of your medications properly. The Food and Drug Administration suggests that you follow any specific disposal directions on the drug label or patient information that comes with the drug. Do not flush prescription drugs unless this information specifically tells you to do so.

If no instructions are given on the drug label, throw the drugs in your household’s trash. But before doing so, the FDA recommends that you:

  • Take medicines out of their original containers and mix them with used coffee grounds or kitty litter. This makes the drugs less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.
  • Put drugs in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
  • Scratch out all identifying information before throwing out an empty prescription drug container. This will help protect your identity and keep your health information private.

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