Safely disposing of unwanted or expired medications can keep the medications from falling into the wrong hands.
Disposing Medications the Safe Way
Many homes end up with unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Old prescriptions left in medicine cabinets or elsewhere in the home can often be an easy source for those who would like to abuse prescription medications. They may also cause confusion for people who are already taking a large number of medications. Furthermore, some medications, including fentanyl patches, should be properly disposed of by flushing to prevent accidental ingestion by children and pets.
Many states have year-round drug take-back programs, utilizing on-site drug disposal boxes or mail-back programs, and local medication take-back events that are held at temporary sites at different times through the year. The take-back programs are often facilitated by police departments, municipal buildings, or pharmacies.
You can help to prevent accidental or intentional use of these unwanted medications by getting rid of them safely. Visit the Drug Disposal map to find a local site or take a look at the options for home disposal.
Want to add a disposal site to the Locator Tool?
If you have less than a dozen listings to add, please submit them in address block form (as shown below). Please try to include as much information as possible: days and hours of operation, types of medication accepted (controlled substances?, sharps?, etc).
123 Disposal Dr
Any Town, IL 60056
If you have more than 12 locations to add, please send the list using this pre-formatted Excel spreadsheet.
Simply send the information to info@AWARErx.pharmacy. Thank you for your efforts to prevent prescription drug misuse and abuse!