Safely Dispose of Your Prescription Medicines

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Rx Disposal trashcan.

Step 1: Return

Return your unused medicines to an authorized collector.
 

No collector near you? Move to step 2.

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Contact

Contact your local law enforcement about where to give back your medicines if you are unable to find an authorized disposal location.

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Drug Disposal by Flushing down the  toilet

Step 2: Flush

Find out which medicines you can safely flush down the toilet.
 

Not on the FDA flush list? Move to step 3.

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Drug Disposal by Flushing down the  toilet
Flush

If your medicine is on the FDA list, flush it down the toilet.

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Rx Disposal trashcan.
Return

If your medicine is NOT on the FDA list, find a collection site near you.

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Drug Disposal by Trash

Step 3: Toss

Follow these simple steps to dispose of medicines in the household trash.

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Drug Disposal by Dirt
Mix

Mix medicines (do not crush tables or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds.

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Drug Disposal Bag for pills
Place

Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag;

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Drug Disposal by Trash
Throw

Throw the container in your household trash;

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Drug Disposal of Pill bottle
Scratch Out

Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable; then dispose of the container.

Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know, April 2018.