Currently the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) holds national Take Back events in October and April. Increasingly states and municipalities are holding Drug Take Back events throughout the year, so check out your local law enforcement agency to learn more.
Q. What about privacy? The entire process is COMPLETLY CONFIDENTIAL. You merely drop off your unwanted prescription dugs. No questions asked. No documentation required.
Q: What can I drop off? Any unwanted prescription or non-prescription medicines may be brought to the drop-off sites. The only items not allowed are syringes. Click here for a list of year-round collection points
Currently the DEA holds national Take Back Events in October and April. Increasingly states and municipalities are holding Drug Take Back events throughout the year, so check out your local law enforcement agency to learn more.In the meantime, here is how to dispose of unused medicines on your own in order to minimize the safety risk to others and to our streams and rivers.
1. Take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.
2. Put them in a sealable bag, empty can, or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
FDA’s Deputy Director of the Office of Compliance Ilisa Bernstein, Pharm.D., J.D., offers some great tips.
• Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
• Do not give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person’s specific symptoms and medical history. A drug that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.
• When in doubt about proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist. Bernstein says the same disposal methods for prescription drugs could apply to over-the-counter drugs as well.(Learn more here.)