- On May 29, 2014
You know you have them…those expired medicines sitting on shelves that you stopped taking during the Nixon Administration. LOL
It’s absolutely critical that you get these meds out of your house not only to prevent poisoning or abuse, but to protect the environment as well. Remember, flushing them down the drain is not a good option: they can pollute lakes and rivers, harm wildlife and end up in drinking water supplies. Not a good thing.
Here are some tips for safely disposing of medicines.
Use it up! Be sure and take those antibiotics from your doctor or it can lead to antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria.
Don’t buy more than you know you can use (by expiration date). That 500 count bottle may seem like a good bargain but not if you don’t use it all.
Keep medication in its original container. It’s critical you save the safety information, plus the caps are typically childproof.
Bring unwanted medications to a collection site. Many police departments and sheriff’s offices have drop boxes for unwanted medicines.
Call your local authorities and see where you can dispose of the meds!
Seal and conceal. Tape the container shut with packing or duct tape and put it in a non-transparent container such as an empty yogurt or margarine tub. Once you discard the container, do so in your garbage can, not the Mr. Murph recycling bin.
Got another suggestion, let me know! Getting rid of the outdated meds is good for your household and mine.