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Pill bottle with medication spilling out.

Proper disposal of expired medication is important for health

Unused portions of medications must be disposed of properly to avoid harm to people, pets, and the water supply. Most should not be flushed down the toilet.  Make sure to follow specific disposal instructions on the drug label or product insert. If no disposal instructions are given, follow these steps:

1. Take tablets, pills, and/or capsules out of their original containers and place in a sealable plastic bag.

2. Add liquid medications to the bag.

3. Add a small amount of water.

4. Mix with an undesirable substance such as used coffee grounds, sawdust or cat litter.

5. Place the sealed plastic bag in the regular household trash container.

6. Destroy any personal information printed on labels before tossing your medication containers.

You can also find these guidelines at www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov >publications>letter P>Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs. You can watch a short demonstration video at www.smarxtdisposal.net

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