How Do Good Medicines Become Bad Drugs?
Good medicines become bad drugs when they are used inappropriately. Prevention starts at home.
Safety at Home
When there are unused, unwanted, or expired medicines in your home, anyone who has access may be at risk for inappropriate use, or the medicines may fall into the wrong hands, resulting in potentially dangerous situations and behaviors.
What You Can Do
Not only is it critical for all of us to dispose of prescription medicines before they can be used inappropriately, but we must also ensure that our methods of disposal are safe and appropriate.
Many community pharmacies will accept and safely dispose most of your unwanted prescription medicines. Other locations, including police stations, will also accept them.
Depending on the type of medicine, flushing it down the toilet or including it in your household trash may be acceptable, but this is not the case for most medicines.
Check out the instructions on prescription drug disposal from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).