In-Home Disposal

Because all households already participate in the collection of household trash, in-home drug disposal is a safe, secure and preferred way of disposing of unused, unwanted or unneeded medicine.

In-home medicine disposal removes medicines from the home immediately so that the medicine is not available for misuse or abuse and it does not create any additional environmental impact or cost.

To safely and securely dispose of prescription medications in your own home, follow the four recommended steps for in-home disposal:

Step One

Pour medication into a sealable plastic bag. If the medication is in solid form (pill, liquid capsule, etc.), add water to dissolve it.

Step Two

Add kitty litter, sawdust, coffee grounds or another mixing material to the plastic bag to make the solution less appealing for pets and children.

Step Three

Seal the plastic bag and put it in the trash.

Step Four

Remove and destroy all identifying personal information (for example, the prescription label) from the medication containers before recycling them or throwing them away. This helps to ensure medical privacy.

See? Simple!

There are certain medications that the FDA recommends be immediately flushed as the best disposal method. Be sure to check whether your medication is on that list.

If you don’t want to dispose of prescription medications in your home, you can seek out community disposal programs in your neighborhood.