MEDfaq

What is MED-Project?

MED-Project is the entity implementing the Product Stewardship Plan, including the education and outreach programming.

What should I do if I am having a medical emergency?

If you are having a medical emergency, contact emergency medical services immediately by dialing 911.

What should I do if I think I have ingested something poisonous?

If you think you have ingested something poisonous, contact emergency services immediately. Please dial 911 or contact your local poison control center.

What should I do if my pet has ingested medication?

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.

Whom should I call with a question about my medication?

Please direct all questions about your medication to your health care provider.

Where can I find information about the safe storage of medication?

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 Center for Disease Control’s information page

Can I flush my medication down the toilet?

Do not flush medications down the toilet unless the information on the label, package, or package insert specifically instructs you to do so.

Should I remove my personal information before disposing of my medication?

Please remove all personal and identifying information from labels and/or packaging before disposal of expired or unwanted medicines.

Will it cost me anything to dispose of my expired or unwanted medications?

There will be no fee for disposal of your unwanted medicines through the MED-Project program.

Where else can I find information about the safe disposal of expired or unwanted medicines in Massachusetts?

For more information about the safe disposal of unwanted medicines in Massachusetts, please see: https://www.mass.gov/safely-dispose-of-prescription-drugs.

What is recommended for safe disposal of expired or unwanted medicines in Massachusetts?

The United States Food and Drug Administration developed guidelines to encourage the proper disposal of medicines and help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse after they are no longer needed:
  • Check the Package: Follow any specific disposal instructions on the prescription drug labeling or patient information that accompanies the medicines. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet.
  • Convenient Kiosks: Community drug drop-off sites allow residents to bring expired or unwanted medicines to a convenient location for proper disposal. For more information, please see Convenient Locations section for more information.
  • In-Home Services: In-Home Services are the provision of mail-back packages for the return of unwanted medicines by mail or disposal pouches, kits, and/or containers for the disposal of unwanted medicines. Please see In-Home Services section for more information.