Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs
Did you know that many prescription pain drug abusers get their medications from family and friends. As a matter of fact, 70% of people 12 and older who abuse prescription medicines say they get them from a friend or relative.
“Bottom line is nearly half what is prescribed is sitting in people’s medicine cabinet,” says Larry Pinson, with Nevada’s Board of Pharmacy.
Oftentimes, people do not finish their prescriptions, but rather than dispose of them properly, they either stay in the medicine cabinet and then expire, or they are simply thrown away.
If you have an impulse to flush them down the toilet, don’t – remnants will end up in the drinking water.
Instead, common household items like kitty litter or coffee grounds can be used to dispose of the medicines. You can also pour old coffee over the pills and they will simply dissolve in the grounds.
You can then throw the drugs away.
You can also go to any local law enforcement office and drop off your prescription drugs at a designated receptacle. But there are limitations, unlike at a Prescription Drug Roundup, which takes place on April 26th.