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5 Tips for Safe Disposal of Medications

Updated: Apr 17, 2019

National Drug Take-Back Day happens at the end of April every year, and it was initiated to create a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs. Thus year, the movement falls on Saturday, April 27. The following are a few tips and guidelines adapted from Drugs.com to keep yourself and those around you safe from medication abuse.


How to Safely Dispose of Medications:




  • Always take your medications out of their original containers prior to disposing of them. Many medications can be thrown in the trash, but you still need to mix them in a sealed container with an unpalatable substance like dirt, used coffee grounds, kitty litter, and so on.

  • When disposing of your pill bottles, make sure to scratch off the label to make it unreadable. You can also cover it up with duct tape or color over it with permanent black marker.

  • Medications that can be fatal, such as a fentanyl patch, should be flushed down the toilet. Be sure to ask a Gatti pharmacist what other drugs can be flushed as most can not.

  • Contact your local trash and recycling facility about the proper disposal of aerosol cans and inhalers. They can be dangerous if punctured or if they come into contact with fire.

  • Look for authorized collection sites to collect your leftover drugs. You can visit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) website for authorized collectors in your area at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov. Examples of collection sites in our area include our police station.


Some medications come with instructions, but for those that don't, speak with us on proper and safe disposal (and storage) of your prescriptions!

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