Over-the-counter (OTC) medicines play an important role in treating certain conditions, but they must be taken, stored and disposed with care. Expired, unwanted and unused portions of these medicines must be disposed of properly to avoid harm to wildlife, pets and people. Otherwise, there is the potential for small children to gain access to them and for teenagers to abuse them. Old and expired medicine can be ineffective, and some medicines do not work as well as they should when you take them with other medication or home remedies.
For more tips, download the AMA’s Medication Safety Disposal Guide.
Additionally, The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the American Pharmacists Association, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America have created the SMARxT DISPOSAL campaign to educate consumers about how to dispose of medicines in a safe and environmentally protective manner. The SMARxT Disposal campaign advises consumers to:
For more information, visit the SMARxT Disposal: A Prescription for a Healthy Program campaign website or watch the video below.
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