Don't Flush Old Prescription Drugs


Don’t Flush Old Prescription Drugs

For years, we were advised to flush unused or expired prescription drugs. Unfortunately, most municipal water systems are unequipped to remove medications from treated water. Now scientists are increasingly concerned about the low levels of  drugs turning up in watershed and marine life. Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of great disposal options. Read before you flush. The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy has published revised guidelines on safer prescription disposal. When in doubt, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

JojoWazoo JojoWazoo
46-50, F
3 Responses Mar 17, 2009

Save em up for the next time you go camping and burn em while you roast marshmellows.

You're welcome. We should consider EVERYTHING we throw away!

I read that we should take drugs to a pharmacy for safe disposal. Many pharmacies accept unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal. If not, call your local health department or hospital pharmacy and ask if they will accept your medicine.