One of the tasks resulting from my mother’s recent passing is the disposal of her prescription medications.
While researching the best way to do this, I discovered that April 28, 2012, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day gives consumers an opportunity to safely dispose of prescription drugs so that they don’t affect the environment or fall into the hands of children or abusers. You can find more information on the DEA website, including a Collection Site Locator.
If none of those collection sites are near you, try Dispose My Meds, which also features a site locator. Thanks to this site, I was able to locate a participating pharmacy which is a short walk from my home. I called them to ask if we should pour all the medications into a plastic bag, but they specified that they prefer for me to bring them in their original prescription bottles.
Take some time now to go through your medicine cabinet and see what you can dispose of.