Prescription Drug Disposal

The new Federal prescription drug disposal guidelines urge Americans to:

  • Take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers.
  • Mix the prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, further ensuring that
    the drugs are not diverted or accidentally ingested by children or pets.
  • Throw these containers in the trash.
  • Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the accompanying patient information specifically instructs it is safe to do so.
  • Return unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to pharmaceutical take-back locations that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for safe disposal.


The information above was taken directly from a press release that can be accessed online at:  

For more information on disposing of prescription drugs safely, click here.