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How to Properly Dispose of Unused Prescriptions

If you are like millions of Americans, you probably have unwanted or unused prescription medications in drawers around your house. Simply throwing away unused medication or flushing it down the toilet may seem like the easy thing to do, but this action can put medication in the wrong hands or contaminate your local water.  

Holding on to expired prescription medications can unnecessarily risk having them in the hands of a juvenile or person at risk. Properly disposing of these medications not only helps keep others safe but also protects the environment.

According to the FDA, disposal of unused prescriptions via your household garbage is acceptable if current precautions are taken. The FDA suggests the following when disposing medication via household trash:

  • Mix medicines with another inedible product (such as cat litter, used coffee grounds, etc.) in a sealed bag
  • Do NOT crush and tablets prior to mixing the prescriptions in the sealed bag
  • Remove all personal information from any prescription containers

For Tennesseans, there are prescription drug take-back boxes that allow easy and confidential disposal of unused prescription medications. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation highlight the location of prescription take-back boxes across Tennessee.

At The Chiozza Law Firm and Your901Law.com, we are committed to fighting for the rights and safety of Mid-South and Tennessee residents. If you have unwanted or unused prescription medication, keep our children safe and our waterways clean by utilizing these prescription take-back boxes. This may not seem like an important matter, but rest assured, every effort helps.

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 7:47 AM
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