Getting rid of medicine you no longer need is a good way to keep it from being misused or hurting someone else. It is easy to safely get rid of prescription opioids (pain medicine or painkillers) and other medicines.
Dropping your unused medicine in a medicine take-back boxes is a safe, secure way to get rid of medicine you don’t need.
For example, ask if they have DisposeRx (a product that mixes with medicine to make it safe to throw away).
If these options don’t work for you, try one of the following:
As a last resort, mix the medicine with an unpleasant substance (such as dirt, used coffee grounds, or kitty litter) and put it in a sealed plastic bag. Put the bag in your household trash.