Disposal of medications?

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Disposal of medications?
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Mon, 06-04-2012 - 7:11pm

Does your communtiy have a method of disposing of unwanted medications (prescription or OTC) that have expired or will not be used for some reason?

We have several bottles of expired Rx pills. I remember when they used to say to flush them down the toilet, until they realized that the chemicals were still present in the treated water. Then they said to put them in the trash, until they figured out that they didn't want that chemical soup in the landfill. Then more recently, pharmacies would take them back and dispose of them for you but---here at least---that's no longer the case. At Costco Pharmacy they will sell me a large mailing envelope (with postage prepaid, I hope) to send the old meds to someplace that supposedly will dispose of them properly, for just $2.89. The other pharmacy I use suggested I contact the sheriff or police departments. The focus there is keeping substances with the potential for getting someone high away from anybody but the person for whom it was prescribed, but they will accept any type of medication.

So I looked online...yes my police dept will take them at two different substations, neither of which are convenient to me. The sheriff's dept will also take them but they are not close to me either. So its either continue saving them until I know that I'll be driving near a drop-off location (which could be months from now!) or purposely make a trip, or just cough up the money at Costco and save time and gasoline. 

As I've found with other potentially hazardous substances, around here anyway, they don't make it very easy to "do the right thing" when disposing of it. Some of us are trying to recycle, we're trying to reduce our carbon footprint, and many of us are trying to save money--all while living a busy life in addition to being green. I can hardly wait until the day when it is just as easy to do the green thing as not.

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Community Leader
Registered: 06-16-1998
Re: Disposal of medications?
Sun, 06-10-2012 - 3:22pm

20 years??!!! I would never have guessed that. I certainly have deteriorated in the past 20 years LOL, ironic that my medications would not. But I guess they typically sit quietly in a cool dark place unlike me, who is often gardening or exercising in the hot sun. Funny that the things that are supposed to keep us healthy can make us look older...whoops, sorry, off on a tangent!