What is the proper way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications, either prescription or over the counter?
Although common wisdom has been to flush them down the toilet, it is now considered hazardous to our oceans and to ocean wildlife to do so.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is now advising that we dispose of them along with the rest of our household trash, but taking these precautions to prevent avoid accidental or intentional misuse:
• Mix your unwanted medications — liquids and pills – in a sealable bag, box, or plastic tub.
• Add water to further dilute or dissolve them.
• Add an undesirable substance such as ashes, dirt, cat litter, or coffee grounds.
To learn more about the DEC’s recommendations, see http://www.dontflushyourdrugs.net/.
To see a video demonstration, go to http://www.smarxtdisposal.net/. (The video recommends crushing the pills as well).
You might also ask your local pharmacy if they have a take-back program.