What do I do with my unused medication?

Your medicine is for you- what is safe for you might not be for someone else. The BEST way to dispose of old, expired, unused or unwanted medications is a drug take-back program. Contact your pharmacy for details. If you would rather just throw them in the trash, follow these steps:

  • remove them from their original packaging
  • mix them with something unappealing like dirt, coffee grounds, or cat litter
  • place the mixture in a closable container so it doesn’t leak out
  • place the package in your trash can

The LAST thing to do with your medications is flush them. They move straight through the wastewater treatment plant and flow out into our waterways. Once in our waterways, they can infiltrate the groundwater and get into our drinking water supply.

Visit our Clean Community System or the FDA for more information.

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