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How to Properly Dispose of Unused and Expired Medicines

How to Properly Dispose of Unused and Expired Medicines

Ever gone through a spring-cleaning and found that you have tons of unused and/or expired medicines and healthcare products?
If you ever face this kind of dilemma again, our pharmacy in East Berlin, Pennsylvania, would like to share FDA-approved steps that are guaranteed safe and easy to do.

    • The best method to dispose of these types of medicines is to drop them off at a drug take-back location IMMEDIATELY. You can find these locations by clicking here:

    • If you don’t have a drug take-back location closest to you, check the medicine’s packaging and see if it’s on the FDA’s flush list. If it is, you can simply empty the contents on the toilet and flush. But if it’s not on the flush list, follow these steps:

      •  Mix medicines (do not crush them) with an unappealing substance like dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds.

      •  Place the mixture in a sealed container or plastic bag and throw it in the trash.
      • Before disposing of prescription bottles, make sure to peel off stickers or erase the writings with a black marker and place them in the recycling bin.

Following these safety precautions will help the movement on removing the risk of substance abuse. Some victims of substance abuse often go through trash receptacles to find drugs that they can use, especially if they do not have immediate access to illegal drugs. By following these steps, you take part in making the community a better and safer place to live in.

For more information about responsible drug use, East Berlin Pharmacy , your trusted drug store, is always ready to help. We also offer medical supplies in Pennsylvania.

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