Safe Drug Disposal

Got Drugs?Gone are the days we could flush old drugs down the toilet without a second thought. Depending on where you live, the accumulation of bioactive chemicals in the groundwater may be a problem. Some drugs take a very long time to degrade naturally in the environment (or our bodies - remember PCBs - polychlorinated biphenyls?).

Please do not indiscriminately flush drugs down the toilet! More than one link below features a list of drugs that are fine for flushing. But do not flush drugs that aren't to be flushed! Do you really want to drink some water with traces of others' drugs in it? Well, here's a quick reference to many drugs, mainly opioids, that are fine to flush, according to the FDA.

The drop-off day for 2015 has yet to be released, but you'll hear about it here as soon as I do.

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The-Drug-Take-Back Network "By promoting shared learning across a broad community of individuals and organizations, this new Network hopes to advance strategies already underway to reduce drug abuse and accidental poisonings, and to improve water quality by offering consumers a safe option for disposing of their unused drugs."

Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know from the FDA, a very good overview of the facts surrounding drug disposal; includes a great FAQ section.

National Take-Back Initiative from the DEA, who's looking to repeat their take-back program of previous years. This year it is September 15, 2015. Here's a news release celebrating their cumulative success as of 2014.

How to Dispose of Unused Medication from Wikihow.

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines (from the FDA) "FDA worked with the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to develop the first consumer guidance for proper disposal of prescription drugs."

How to Get Rid of Unused Prescription Medications "we don't exactly know what effects these medications may be having, but being green means thinking about the best way to properly dispose of things such as leftover medications that could adversely affect the environment."

How to Safely Dispose of Unused Medications from an excellent arthritis site; arthritis patients know lots about chronic pain and medications

Medication Disposal - What to Do with Old or Unusable Medication from the MedicineNet.com site

Medicines Recommended for Disposal by Flushing from the FDA, a table of drugs that can safely be disposed of by flushing down the toilet

Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings) an FDA guide to disposing of sharp biological hazards. If you use syringes/needles for anything, you probably know this stuff. This is right from the authority's mouth, as it were.