How to Ensure Safe Disposal of Unused Prescription Medications

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Prescription drugs are essential to treat any kind of health condition. However, often, either on the doctor’s advice or because the pharmacy has to sell the full quantity or because people have purchased a few extra pills or syrup thinking that they may need it in case of an emergency, users are left with excess, unused prescription medication.

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How to Ensure Safe Disposal of Unused Prescription Medications Prescription drugs are essential to treat any kind of health condition. However often either on the doctor’s advice or because the pharmacy has to sell the full quantity or because people have purchased a few extra pills or syrup thinking that they may need it in case of an emergency users are left with excess unused prescription medication. It is not essential that the patient will finish the quantity of medication purchased by him/her. This might result in extra unused medicines being stored at home. However this can lead to abuse or even environmental damage. Therefore it is better to dispose of the unwanted unused or expired medicines safely to avoid any hazardous consequences. Tips for safe drug disposal It is important for the consumers and caregivers to discard the unused medicines at the earliest to reduce the chances of addiction and misuse whether accidental or intentional. The National Prescription Drug Take- Back events hosted by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration DEA in several communities aim to ensure safe disposal of prescription drugs. These programs are also organized by the local law enforcement agencies to ensure that the extra prescription medicines are disposed of in a hassle-free and safe manner. To ensure that the medications disposed of by the person are not misused the U.S. Food and Drug Administration FDA has given some tips:  Follow disposal instructions as mentioned on the prescription drug label or refer to the information about the patient that accompanies the medicine.  Avoid flushing medicines down the sink or toilet unless instructed on the label.

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 Participate in medicine take-back programs which allow the masses to carry unused drugs to various collection sites set up in different communities. One can contact the local law enforcement agencies to check if they sponsor such programs in his/her community. One can also call up the household trash and recycling service of the local or state government to learn about medication disposal guidelines for the area.  Explore the possibility of transferring the unused medicines to retail hospital or clinic pharmacies registered with the DEA.  Transfer the unused substance into a sealable plastic bag and add sawdust or ground coffee to make them less appealing and to avoid leakage. For a solid pill or liquid medicine water should be added and the tablet should be dissolved.  Ensure that all personal information on the prescription label is destroyed to minimize the chance of misuse.  Do not share the prescription or medicines with friends. The medicines prescribed by the doctor are on the basis of an individual’s health condition and may be detrimental to someone else’s health.  Consult a pharmacist to know about proper disposal methods. Seek help immediately It is important to make the community aware of how dangerous prescription drug abuse can get over a period of time. They can be as addictive as any other illicit drug and cause adverse health effects. It is all the more relevant to dispose of the unwanted items in a safe and secure manner to prevent them from getting into the wrong hands. It is advisable to take precautions beforehand rather than regretting it later. If you or someone known to you has a problem with prescription drug addiction the Prescription Drug Addiction Help can guide you to prescription drug rehab centers in the U.S. You may also call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866-623-3847 and get details about some of the best Prescription Drug Abuse Treatment Centers in USA from our representatives. For more information please visit www.prescriptiondrugaddictionhelp.com

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