According to the FDA, "Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it's important to dispose of them properly to avoid harm to others." Patients have a few options for the proper disposal of medications.
Medications take back programs offer an opportunity for patients to turn in unused or expired medications at a specified location within the community. It may be possible to contact the local governments waste handling service to determine if a take back program is available.
The FDA gives the following steps for disposal of medications in household trash if a take back program is not available:
The disposal of controlled substances or Oncology Medications may have special requirements. Please contact the pharmacy for instructions on the disposal of these medications.
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