Helpful Insights forPatients and Caregivers

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Many people have bottles of medicine they do not need. They may not know what to do with them. It is important to know how to get rid of these unwanted medications. Correct disposal helps protect children, pets, and other people. Some medicines can be harmful if they are taken by those they are not meant for.

References

  1. Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know. FDA.gov. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/safe-disposal-medicines/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know. Published February 1, 2019. Accessed August 24, 2019. 
  2. Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations. Usdoj.gov. https://apps2.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e2s1. Accessed August 24, 2019. 
  3. Drug Disposal: Flush Potentially Dangerous Medicine. FDA.gov. https://www.fda.gov/drugs/disposal-unused-medicines-what-you-should-know/drug-disposal-flush-potentially-dangerous-medicine#FlushList. Published December 19, 2018. Accessed August 24, 2019.
  4. Best Way to Get Rid of Used Needles and Other Sharps. FDA.gov. https://www.fda.gov/medical-device/safely-using-sharps-needles-and-syringes-home-work-and-travel/best-way-get-rid-used-needles-and-other-sharps. Updated August 30, 2018. Accessed November 10, 2019.

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