Wondering how to safely dispose of old prescription medicines?

Wondering how to safely dispose of old prescription medicines?

April 22 is National Prescription Drug Retirement Day.

Not sure what to do with all the medicines cluttering your medicine cabinet? Old painkillers. Expired antibiotics. Stacks of prescriptions or over-the-counter drugs that you never finish for one reason or another.

You know you need to keep them out of other people’s hands, especially if you have children or teenagers in the house. But you can’t flush them down the toilet because they can get into your water supply and contaminate it. And throwing them away isn’t an option, which poses safety and health risks.

So what’s going on?

The answer is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, hosted by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), this Saturday, April 22, a safe, anonymous, and free way to dispose of unused or unwanted medications.

You can take your old or unwanted medicines to approved locations across the country and dispose of them safely. And free up some space in your medicine cabinet for that bold new lipstick you’ve been eyeing.

Visit the DEA site to find a collection center near you.

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