The new federal prescription drug disposal guidelines suggest:
- Take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers.
- To prevent others from using these substances, mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and throw them away in a sealed container.
- Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.
Some community pharmaceutical take-back programs allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal.
This information is provided by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services within the Department of Public Health.