There are many reasons why disposing of old medications properly is very important. In this article, we will look at some reasons why, as well as some correct and safe ways to dispose of them.
Why Should You Dispose of Medications Properly?
Here are some reasons why disposing of medications the proper way is so very important
The medication could get into the water supply
When medication is flushed down the toilet, the chemicals in that medication could possibly leech into the groundwater if you have a septic system. Or, if you are on a community sewer system, it can enter the water after wastewater treatment. Then, these chemicals would be present in the water supply of your surrounding neighbours, and wildlife systems which can be very dangerous depending on the type of medication it is.
Unused medication could fall into the wrong hands
It is a well-known fact that drug abuse is a serious issue, and if narcotic type or habit forming medications are not disposed of properly, they could easily end up in the hands of an addict or someone who could accidentally misuse them. It is also possible that an unknowing child could find them which could have very serious health consequences.
Expired medications or incorrect medication could be used by mistake
If a medicine bottle isn’t labeled well or has expired and still sits in your medicine cabinet, it is easy for someone to mistake them for something else or to take a medication that should no longer be used. Disposing of medication properly ensures that no accidental medication accidents could arise.
How To Dispose of Medication Properly
There are a few different ways in which you can properly and safely dispose of your old and unwanted medications.
Some medication is safe to be flushed
Please confirm if this applies to your case by checking the FDA’s list of medicines that are safe to be disposed of by flushing them down the toilet. However, you must be absolutely sure that the medication is safe to be flushed. Otherwise, dispose of it in a different manner.
Return the medication to your pharmacy
This is the safest way to dispose of medications. Many pharmacies offer a “take-back” program and will take your old or unused medications and dispose of them properly. This way you do not have to worry about any of the consequences of not disposing of them properly. EasyDrugs offers a free medication disposal kit for this purpose, if you wish to use this service please request a kit on our medication disposal page.