How do you get rid of them?
December 10, 2017 4:42pm CST
When you have been given a prescription and filled it, then the doctor says "Don't take it anymore." how do you get rid of it? Long ago they said to flush left over pills. . . not good. We have medications showing up in our water table. Hormones and other drugs.We do not need to be drinking that or watering crops with it. People THINK the doctor or pharmacist will help you with that. Not on your life.Not sure why, probably something to do with not enough time. Occasionally communities have toxic waste days or drug send back days, but that does not happen too often. My sister was told by a pharmacist to crush unwanted pills and then mix them in to used coffee grounds or kitty litter. So in the bag with my used kitty litter are the remains of two kinds of blood thinners. Hubby is now on his third one. If you did not know this, I hope it helps. If you know a better way, you can share with me.
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We are encouraged to bring them back to a pharmacist. They are forced by law to collect them for free. Then they are collected by agreed companies charged to destroy them without damaging the environment. Before 2008 some were given to NGOs to be used in third world countries, it is now forbidden.
• Marion, Kansas
When my sister first had this problem, more than ten years ago, she had opioid prescriptions for her deceased partner. Those are not good in the trash, someone will take them anyway.They are not good on your person or in your house if people who are addicted find out about them. The only meds I take are always completely used up. Congrats on not needing any.
• United States
There's a deposit bin at the VA hospital for unused/expired medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. I've heard that some pharmacies will accept them. And, a few times of year, there's a publicized "bring your old medicines in" collection sponsored by local hospitals and police. I like the idea of the hospital having a "garbage can" (it's locked, looks like a shredder bin) for the medications. That way they can be deposited and safely disposed of.
I have not used much medicines latest years, except during the latest year, as I had to use blood pressure medicines.. Someone told me to leave left over medicine to the pharmacy, and I did that, and they even gave me some points for doing that..!! I think it is not allowed to throw them to the trash..
• United States
Like you, my pharmacy won't take unused meds back. I was told to mix mine with water (right in the bottle the prescription comes in,) shake it up so they're unusable, and throw it out. (But remove your name and all that info from the label so you can get in trouble if some idiot comes along and drinks it.) I don't know of any places around here that takes unused meds...the doctors won't take them off my hands for me either. I have asked what to do with them and they just shrug and aren't of any help.
• Boise, Idaho
I think that crushing the pills and putting them in kitty litter or coffee grounds is okay. I thought, in an earlier post that you meant put them in the kitty litter when it is to be used by the cat. Not after. Silly me. I don't remember what they told me to do with some meds I didn't take. It was several years ago.