How to Dispose of Prescription Medications: 4 Steps to Safely Clear Out Your Medicine Cabinet by Joyce Knestrick, CRNP, FAANP

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4 months ago
How to Dispose of Prescription Medications: 4 Steps to Safely Clear Out Your Medicine Cabinet

The things in your medicine cabinet may do more harm than good. Millions of Americans use prescription drugs. Not surprisingly, one-third haven’t cleaned out their medicine cabinet in the last year, and 20 percent haven’t thrown away anything in over three years. Here’s how to safe-proof your home:

  • Remove all expired prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. They have expiration dates for a reason and can make you sicker if you take them past their prime.
  • Flush any of these painkillers that may be an immediate threat in your home if a drop-off location is not readily available.
  • Get rid of medications by crushing pills and combining them with something undesirable, like coffee grounds or dirt, before sealing and throwing in the trash.

Don’t wait for someone to get hurt! Clean out your medicine cabinet today, and don’t forget to lock away prescriptions so they don’t fall into the wrong hands.

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