Guidelines Issued for Medication Disposal

CHICAGO, Aug. 6 (UPI) — Leftover and expired prescription drugs accumulating in America’s medicine cabinets need to be disposed of in a safe and secure manner, medical experts say.

State guidelines vary and can change, but there are some general precautions that should be taken when disposing of medications, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

Start by reading labels or patient information sheets, since medications should come with disposal directions. Most can go into household trash, with a few safety precautions, and should not be flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink drain.

If you’re not sure, most pharmacies, hospitals or health departments can give you information, and some have disposal or take-back programs.

The Food and Drug Administration can provide a list of medications that should not go in household trash because they would be too great a danger to anyone finding them.

Also, get rid of any personal information or identification such as your name, address or doctor’s name on bottle labels before throwing them out.

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