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Proper Medication Disposal

Medications play an important role in treating many conditions and diseases and when they are no longer needed it is important to dispose of them properly. There is no set rule for disposing of all medications, so talk to your local Thrifty White Pharmacy Pharmacist about the best way to get rid of unused or unwanted medications in your home.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or sink drain unless the label or attached patient information specifically instructs you to do so.


Medication take-back programs are a good method to dispose of unwanted medications in a safe manner. Check with your local law enforcement agency, waste management authority, or pharmacist to see if a program is available in your community.


If a medication take-back program is not available in your community, medications that are not to be flushed may be disposed of in your household trash.

  1. Remove the medications from their original containers;
  2. Mix the prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter;
  3. Put the mixture into a sealable bag or container with a lid to prevent the substance from leaking or spilling out;
  4. Throw the container in your household trash;
  5. Remove all personal information on the prescription label of your empty vial or packaging, then dispose of the container.

For more information about proper medication disposal, talk to your local Thrifty White Pharmacy pharmacist.