All of our medicine and first aid items were stored in those two baskets. After taking things down and going through it all, this is what the cabinet looks like now:
*See "updates" at the bottom of this post for additional information on drug take-back programs that may be available in your area
- Do not use drugs past their expiration date, ever. Properly discard of them as soon as they are expired.
- Never give unused medications to a friend. A drug that works for you could potentially endanger someone else's life.
- If you have different medication other than pills, such as an asthma inhaler, ensure safe disposal by following the label instructions and contacting your local trash or recycling facility.
- When in doubt, please contact your local pharmacist about proper medication disposal.
Don't forget! April 27th, 2013 from 10am-2pm is National Take Back Day. Visit this webpage on April 1st to see if a site has been organized near your area.
3/29: I spoke with my pharmacist concerning mixing medicine into a paste. She informed me that it was fine. Just make sure you are still mixing an undesirable substance in the paste mixture, and that you throw it away - in the trash - in a leak-proof bag/container (do NOT flush it down the toilet).
3/29: If your pharmacy, police station, or fire station do not have drop-offs, I was also informed by a friend that you can check with your doctor and/or hospital - they might have available drop-offs for you to dispose of your medicine. This might be especially helpful if you have drop-offs for medicine such as needles and syringes.
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