We hear a lot about protecting the environment through the use of reusable grocery bags and buying fuel-efficient cars, but what about your prescriptions? It turns out that the way you dispose of your medication can make a difference in the impact you have on the environment. According to a site sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Pharmacists Association and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, there are several steps you can take when you find yourself with extra prescription medication.
First, you should never flush or pour unused medicines down a sink, drain or toilet. There are a few exceptions, but the majority of medicines should not be discarded in this manner because they could contaminate water sources. Second, when disposing of medication in the trash, make sure you pour liquid medication into a sealable plastic bag. If it is a solid pill or capsule, you should first crush it or dissolve it in water. Then, add an unappealing substance like kitty litter or sawdust to the bag so that it will not be consumed by children or pets. Finally, seal the bag and put it in the trash. You should also be sure to check for state and local waste collection programs. Many states allow people to take their unused medications to a local pharmacy or other location to be disposed, or you may have access to a household hazardous waste collection program.
If you have any questions about the proper disposal of your unused prescription medication, don’t hesitate to contact your pharmacist. This is also a great opportunity to talk to your pharmacist about your True Dental Discounts Rx discount plan and the benefits available to you through this program. By working together with your pharmacist, you can be sure you’re getting the safest and most cost-efficient prescriptions on the market.