Proper Disposal of Prescription Drugs
- Take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers (be sure to remove labels) and throw them in the trash.
- Mixing prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and putting thim in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cams or sealable bags, will further ensure the drugs are not diverted.
- Flush prescription durgs down the toilet only if the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs doing so.
- Take advantage of community pharmaceutical take-back programs that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for proper disposal.
FDA advises flushing these, not trashing them
- Actiq (fentanyl citrate)
- Daytrana Transdermal Patch (methylphenidate)
- Duragesic Transdermal System (fentanyl)
- OxyContin Tablets (oxycodone)
- Avinza Capsules (morphine sulphate)
- Baraclude Tablets (entecavir)
- Reyataz Capsules (atazanavir sulfate)
- Tequin Tablets (gatifloxicin)
- Zerit for Oral Solution (stavudine)
- Meperidine HCl Tablets
- Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen)
- Xyrem (sodium oxybate)
- Fentora (fentanyl buccal tablet)
Office of National Drug Control Policy; 3/2008
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 July 2008 14:09