Prescription Drug Disposal

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The Office of National Drug Control recommends disposing of expired or no longer needed prescription drugs as follows.

  1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.

  2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.

  3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.

  4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.

  5. Place the sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.