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.