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Safe Medicine Disposal

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.

The American Medical Association (AMA) encourages you to follow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) instructions below when throwing out expired, unwanted or unused medicines.

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 aim to educate consumers about how to dispose of medicines in a safe and environmentally protective manner. They advise consumers to:

For more information, watch the video below. 

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