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What is the proper way to dispose of old prescription drugs?

I know that flushing them down the toilet is no longer an acceptable way. I don't know when our next drop off program is and I don't want to just throw them in trash,

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The proper way to dispose of them is to take them back to the pharmacy and let them dispose of them. Safest way to do it as well.

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Give the local health department a call. They should be able to help.

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Many communities have drug recycling programs that collect prescription and OTC medications for proper disposal. You could google "drug disposal" along with the name of your locality and see what's available in your area.

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Why isn't it acceptable to flush them? I suppose a lot at once can cause problems but still...

Anyways, call your pharmacy or whoever does the dropoff program. You can actually drop extra pills off at any time, but they have scheduled days to bring extra attention to the program. At least, that is how our program works, according to the sheriff's department.

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No! Don't flush them. By doing that it gets into the water that you use. This leads to a build up of chemicals, that are weakening the immune systems of everyone, which could make it easier to get serious diseases.
Also scientists have proof that these drugs are causing some lizards to become hermorphadites (having organs of both sexes).
In humans, it's leading to men becoming sterile.
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That's quite a claim. Still the early research is disturbing to say the least.
http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-03-10-drugs-tap-water_N.htm?csp=15
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Quester is ignorant and obviously not up on today's current events. Like Neanderthal said, the best and safest way to consult a pharmacist. They can direct you to a proper and safe disposal method/site so that everyone isn't exposed to harmful chemicals even Quester. He'll thank you for it in the long run.
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We're all ignorant on something. That's what ask.com is for.
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yes, no fighting children!!
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Huh, I never got notifications that people were commenting.

Debbie and integer, thanks for the info. I'm interested to read more into that.

Maurice, that is why I asked the question. Obviously I wasn't aware of what Debbie said. But if you actually read my post, I told them to dispose of it with whoever does the drug dropoff program - oh hey! That isn't a toilet, is it?
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You can take them back to the pharmacist. But do not flush down the toilet.

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I posted the ehow.com link below. An opportunity to help others AND not waste the money you spent on prescriptions you did not finish or need. :)
http://www.ehow.com/how_2198300_donate-unused-leftover-medicines.html

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For sure the local health department around your house.

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You can't flush them because it seeps into the ground where we grow our food

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