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
Several government agencies provide information regarding safe disposal of sharps. Please refer to the FDA’s website (“Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings)”).
The following disposal options and sequence should be considered when disposing of expired or unwanted medicines and sharps:
Check the Package: If there are any specific instructions for disposal on the label, package or package insert, please follow those instructions.
Do not flush prescription drugs down the toilet unless the information on the package specifically instructs you to do so.
To protect your privacy, consumers are reminded to remove all personally identifiable information on medication labels or packaging before disposing of Unwanted Medicines.
Never place sharps in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet. Disposing of sharps in the trash or recycling may put trash and sewage workers, janitors, housekeepers, household members, and children at risk of being harmed.
Convenient Locations: Community kiosk drop-off sites allow residents to bring expired or unwanted medicines and sharps to free and convenient locations for proper disposal. For more information, please visit the Convenient Locations section of our website (click here).
Mail-Back Packages: Mail-Back services may be available to residents upon request. For more information, please visit the Mail-Back section of our website.
Take-Back Events: Take advantage of programs that allow the public to take unwanted medicines or sharps to a central location for proper disposal. Call your local law enforcement agencies to see if they sponsor medicine take-back programs in your community. For more information, visit the Take-Back Events section of our website (click here).
Never place Sharps in the trash or recycling, and never flush them down the toilet. Disposing of sharps in the trash or recycling may put trash and sewage workers, janitors, housekeepers, household members, and children as risk of being harmed.