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.
No herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics or other personal care products; compressed cylinders, aerosols, and inhalers; medical devices; sharps; illicit drugs; or iodine-containing medications will be accepted.If you do transfer your medications to a sealed bag, please be sure to recycle all remaining packaging.
The United States Food and Drug Administration developed the following 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 medicine. Do not flush medicines down the sink or toilet unless this information specifically instructs you to do so.
Convenient Kiosks: Transfer unused medicines to collectors registered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Authorized sites may be retail, hospital or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement locations. Some offer mail-back programs or collection receptacles (“kiosks”). Visit the DEA’s website or call 1-800-882-9539 for more information and to find an authorized collector in your community.
Mail-Back Packages: Mail-Back Services for unwanted medicine are available to residents upon request. Please dial the hotline at 1-844-MED-PROJECT or visit the mail-back page of the MED-Project website to request a pre-paid envelope to return your unwanted or expired medicine.
Take-Back Events: Take advantage of programs that allow the public to take unused drugs 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. Contact your city’s or county government’s household trash and recycling service to learn about medication disposal options and guidelines for your area.