At-home drug disposal solutions offer one way of disposing unwanted medications. The EPA provides directions on how to dispose of medicines properly.
Take Back Method
Instead of at-home drug disposal, you may also consider participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA’s) National Drug Take Back Day — to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24.
This day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Locally, there are medication disposal sites in Erie County, New York.
Cheryll Moore, Erie County Medical Care Administrator, said there are many disposal sites that offer a free, safe and convenient way of proper disposal. You can go to any of these sites, dispose of the medications, and there are no questions asked.
“We have a robust system in place to help make it easy for people to dispose of old medications,” Moore said. “Getting unused or expired prescription drugs out of the house is critical. It’s just not smart to hoard prescription drugs.”
If you can’t make it to the drug drop off day, check your local police departments and pharmacies for drop off boxes. You can drive up and insert the medications similar to a mailbox. Google Maps also offers drop off sites on their app.
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