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Don’t Flush Unused Medications – We Don’t Want Your Prozac in the Water – Dispose My Meds Website Can He

Posted Apr 25 2010 8:56pm

If you live too far and absolutely need to dispose of drugs, go the store and get some kitty litter.  I am guessing you would need to crunch the pills too before mixing with the kitty litter.  It’s amazing these days what kitty litter is used for and what it can image do, I have used it to clean oil spots on the driveway too. 

I did a quick search on the site and used a 25 mile radius and I’m in Orange County, a pretty populated area so if you live in a rural area there might be a longer distance to find a pharmacy who can dispose of the drugs for you.  Actually I’m surprised with all the medications floating around today that this has not grown to a larger effort, but give it time, either that or be compliant and take your meds (grin), yes that was meant to be humor as there may be other reasons for not taking them.  BD

Unused medications create a dilemma -- what to do with the things? They obviously shouldn't be left lying around accessible to bored teenagers or curious kids. Nor should they be flushed; medication traces are already showing up in the water supply. But just dumped in the trash... Maybe they should be taken back to a pharmacy.

The National Community Pharmacists Assn., which represents independent community pharmacists, and Sharps Compliance, a medical waste management company, is offering a disposal method that may provide more peace of mind than the traditional "toss 'em in the rubbish bin and hope for the best" approach.

Go to www.disposemymeds.org for a list of pharmacies that will dispose of those meds for you. There are 800 participating pharmacies in 40 states, but it's a big country. Even in the L.A. area, you might have to search beyond a 5-mile radius to find one.

For people who can't find a pharmacy or would have to travel too far, the site offers a link to the Office of National Drug Control Policy's guidelines on medication disposal .

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