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Proper Disposal of Rx Drugs
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Proper Disposal of RX Drugs

Federal Guidelines

  • 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 them in impermeable, nondescript containers, such as empty cams or seal-able bags, will further ensure the drugs are not diverted.
  • Flush prescription drugs 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
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