I work in a retail pharmacy, and customers frequently approach us with bags of expired medication or medication bottles asking what they ought to do with them. For the past year, I told people to contact and ask the village. Problem is, apparently the village told them to come to us. I did a little bit of research and the following is what it boils down to.
What you shouldn’t do
- Don’t bring medication to pharmacies or hospitals if they don’t have a drug take-back program.
- Don’t bring plastic bottles to pharmacies or hospitals – put them in your own recycling (because many large companies do not have recycling options and all the bottles will go in the trash).
- Don’t flush medication unless they are “flushable” (click here to see the list).
- Don’t crush them. According to the FDA, it is recommended to put trash-friendly meds with “non-palatiable”…
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