If you are having a medical emergency, contact emergency medical services immediately by dialing 911.
If you think you have ingested something poisonous, contact emergency services immediately. Please dial 911 or contact your local poison control center.
If you believe your pet may have ingested human or animal medication not intended for consumption by your pet, please contact your veterinarian or local animal poison control hotline.
Please direct all questions regarding your medication to your health care provider.
You should follow any storage instructions provided by your healthcare provider, and any written instructions provided with your medication or listed on its packaging. In addition, many government agencies provide information regarding safe storage of medication. Possible sources include the National Institutes of Health’s information page and the CDC’s information page.
Do not flush drugs down the toilet unless the information on the label, package or package insert specifically instructs you to do so. Some areas prohibit the disposal of medications down the toilet or sink.
Please remove all personal and identifying information from your medication labels and/or its packaging before disposal.
Several government agencies provide information regarding safe disposal of medication. Please refer to the FDA’s website for more information: "Consumer Updates: How to Dispose of Unused Medicines."
The following disposal options and sequence should be considered when disposing of unwanted medicine:
Check the Package: If there are any specific instructions for disposal on the label, package or package insert, please follow those instructions.
Convenient Kiosks: Community drug take-back locations at local law enforcement agencies and pharmacies allow residents to bring expired or unwanted medicines to a convenient, centralized location for proper disposal.
Take-Back Events: Local take-back events may be sponsored in your area, and offer residents a free and convenient way to dispose of expired or unwanted medicines.
In-Home Disposal: If no disposal instructions are given on the prescription drug labeling and no take-back program is available in your area, throw the drugs in the household trash following these steps.