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Thread: What do you do with old, left over prescriptions?

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    What do you do with old, left over prescriptions?

    We live in Minnesota

    I have several bottles of left over medications from various surgeries - like eight to ten years ago - and there are left over medications.

    I tried to take them to the clinic - they told me to take them to the pharmacy - the pharmacy said No, we don't take that stuff - the supposed "proper method" is to mix the pills in with used cat litter - and THEN put it in the trash. It still will go to a land fill - and get dispersed into that soil eventually.

    The recommendation to flush the meds down the toilet has been rescinded. That idea seemed to be in the "I can't believe how utterly stupid this is" category.

    I've heard that Wisconsin will incinerate them.

    What do you do with left over medications?

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    Around here CVS Pharmacy will dispose of them for you.


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    I usually mix in coffee grounds, but that still puts them in the landfill. They (Fire department?) also have pill disposal days when you can drive thru and hand the old stuff in.

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    i'm in MN also. I've seen at least 2 campaigns this year for the collection of old medications. I think one was by the Sheriff's office. They were incinerated in the end, I think. Sorry to be so vague.
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    I have also heard to take them to the pharmacy but I can't remember which one.

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    I have turned mine over to social service agency and then handle it from there.
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    My pharmacy has a collection bin. They tale left over non-prescription meds too.
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    Our pharmacy will dispose of them. However, you might contact your local Fire and/or Police Depts as they may have a program to dispose of them. Good luck and thank you for wanting to go "green" with your efforts for disposal.
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    Our police department takes them. They do like to get them in the original bottles, not dumped out into a bag.

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    I'm the heritec (sp) here...I keep mine. Granted neither DH nor I are 'pill poppers' but you just never know when you need an antibiotic or pain pill for a couple of days. It takes a long time for the efficacy of the drug to actually degrade. You might need an extra pill or 2 to get the desired results but it beats spending time/$$ (at least for me) in the Dr. office. We have drugs that are several years old just for that purpose. Recently I squished my foot. Old script was about useless. Got new one from Doc. Ended up not taking it but you just never know...

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    Our police department has a drop off.

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    Are we to assume that prescription medicine is not biodegradable?

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    Our local police take them too. Our local pharmacies charge a fee to dispose of them. PD will take them for free. Thanks for being a responsible steward of our planet!!!
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    Our Kroger pharmacy has a bin.

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    Just called our nearest CVS - they do NOT take old meds - they do sell an envelope for $5.00 that can be mailed to "a central location"

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    I am lucky I dont' have any the one time I did it was old dog prescriptions and the Walgreens I think took them to dispose of. I know we don't need anymore antibiotics etc in our ground or water. Any of the pain meds I had from surgery I kept ahold of they are all gone. All I have now is some Flexiril and that will be used up.

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    From Salt Lake City Utah, Our sheriff's offices take them. I took a zip lock plastic bag full there a while back. Don't know how they dispose of them from there.

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    when I went off coumidin, the visiting nurse told me to pour cooking oil on them and tape the container shut, then it could go into the trash. I put it in with some kitchen garbage.
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    Our local police department has a receptacle for them. I understand that the pharmacies will also take them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TanyaL View Post
    Are we to assume that prescription medicine is not biodegradable?
    I think the point is to keep them from ending up back in our water sources.

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    For those of us who have septic tanks I would imagine they are are safe as anything else we put through the septic tanks.

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    Our Police Department disposes of them.

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    My girlfriend is director of nursing in a nursing home here in MA. The medications should be crushed or diluted in coffee grounds or kitty litter and placed in a sealed container. The nursing home has access to Bio-Hazard containers, but for the general public,I would handle them as above, then drop them off at a local center for disposal of hazardous wastes. Your local town hall should know when the disposal will take place, then you can drop them off, but don't flush them down the toilet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NJ Quilter View Post
    I'm the heritec (sp) here...I keep mine. Granted neither DH nor I are 'pill poppers' but you just never know when you need an antibiotic or pain pill for a couple of days. It takes a long time for the efficacy of the drug to actually degrade. You might need an extra pill or 2 to get the desired results but it beats spending time/$$ (at least for me) in the Dr. office. We have drugs that are several years old just for that purpose. Recently I squished my foot. Old script was about useless. Got new one from Doc. Ended up not taking it but you just never know...
    When an insufficient amount of antibiotic is taken, the bacteria is not completely killed off and the remaining bacteria builds a resistance to the antibiotic. This means that the antibiotic will not longer work against the bacteria. This is why we now need so many different antibiotics. It also explains why we have MERSA and VRE infections that are killing people. It is irresponsible to use a "few" antibiotic pills that were prescribed for something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lots2do View Post
    I think the point is to keep them from ending up back in our water sources.
    The medicines do not all dissolve in water - some are soluble in alcohol, but it is better to find a disposal site than dumping them down the toilet. There have been many studies done on chemicals in our water sources and their effects on wildlife. Definitely check with both pharmacies and police depts. Also check the internet for other disposal options, since I did find some info on the internet for MN.

    It is always important to properly dispose of meds, since they should only be taken by whom they were prescribed. However, sometimes if they are recently prescribed meds, depending on the laws and what meds, some hospitals or maybe hospice can sometimes accept them for re-use.
    Last edited by caspharm; 11-24-2011 at 04:37 PM.

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