Proper disposal of prescription medications can be followed in your residence by using the FDA information listed below.

According to the FDA’s web site, who's link can be found below, states the following should be followed for proper disposal of prescription medications:

  1. Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
  2. If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps:
    • Remove them from their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter (this makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs.
    • Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.

Ilisa Bernstein, Pharm. D., J.D., FDA’s Deputy Director of the Office of Compliance, offers some additional tips:

    • Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
    • Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medicines based on a person’s specific symptoms and medical history. A medicine that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.
    • When in doubt about proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist.

For more information on this topic please visit the FDA’s web site by using the following address.