If you have drugs that are unused or expired, those are a public-safety issue which could lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription.
Experts agree that take-back programs are the first choice as the responsible way to dispose of old and leftover medicines to protect your family and to protect our waters. Unused drugs that are flushed instead of disposed of properly can contaminate the water supply.
To find out where the nearest site is, visit http://1.usa.gov/PoBwdk. Press "Start Over" in the event the session has "timed out."
If a program is not available in your area make sure to take the medication out of the bottle, mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds, and seal them in a bag or disposable container and throw that away.
For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to www.dea.gov, www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com or www.justthinktwice.com.
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