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Medicines play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases, but when they are no longer needed it is essential to dispose of them properly to help reduce harm from accidental exposure or intentional misuse.

The best way to safely dispose of the medications is to take them to an authorized collector or to a medicine take-back event. The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Sat. April 28th. Here’s a link for a collection site near you! 

If no medicine take-back programs or DEA-authorized collectors are available in your area, and disposal instructions did not come with your medication, you can also follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:

If you are in possession of: Fentanyl, Demerol, Dilaudid, Morphine, Oxycodone, Oxycontin and/or Percocet, these medicines should be flushed down the toilet as soon as they are no longer needed to prevent accidental exposure or ingestion.

Visit our Safe Medication Disposal page for more information and resources.

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