By dietcherry Latest Reply 2011-11-09 23:05:10 -0600
Started 2011-11-07 22:18:35 -0600

Expired drugs are dangerous to leave sitting around but shouldnt be thrown in the trash or flushed down the toilet either because they can contaminate landfills and groundwater.

Now you can dispose of them properly through the Safe Medication Disposal Program. Simply get a specially designed envelope at pharmacies such as Walgreens, Rite Aid, Kroger, and Winn-Dixie and mail your drugs in.

Since its launch last Fall, the program has collected more than 61 tons of medication.

15 replies

Sweet Potatoe
Sweet Potatoe 2011-11-09 23:05:10 -0600 Report

There is a program with my local police department that collects expired drugs twice a year. There is a designated place and time. Thousands of pounds are collected each time. A great program for my area. I live in Jackson, MS.

Mickey/CCHT 2011-11-09 19:19:43 -0600 Report

Good to know, thanks. I just dump them in our bio-hazard bins at work! I wonder if that's a bad thing? All that gets burned up so i figured it was cool!

kimcavett 2011-11-09 06:00:38 -0600 Report

This is something that should be shared with everyone. So many people just flush these things. Wow, Thanks for the share. Do all pharmasies have these envolopes?

dietcherry 2011-11-09 11:37:24 -0600 Report

Walgreens no longer participates in the program; I spoke with a Rite Aid Pharmacist and they have the envelopes for sale for $3.99 to cover postage. Too bad the article didnt mention this cost but Im told the envelope will hold a sizeable amount.

jayabee52 2011-11-08 21:04:44 -0600 Report

Thanks for that Renee. I have some unused meds sitting around of which I need to get rid.

dietcherry 2011-11-08 21:43:45 -0600 Report

Yep! It is our civic duty to dispose of them safely! Plus it keeps them out of the hands of those who may abuse them!!

jayabee52 2011-11-08 21:51:51 -0600 Report

After Jem passed away I took 2 large gallon ziplock bags to the hazardous waste disposal site in Alameda county CA to get rid of most of the meds she would no longer be using. They would not, however, accept the narcotics based meds she had. To my mind that was not too smart.

That brings up a question: Are there some meds which they will not accept? Like opioids?

dietcherry 2011-11-08 21:55:05 -0600 Report

This program does not accept narcotics! The Pharmacist I spoke with suggests that these pills should be crushed and mixed with kitty litter or dirt before being thrown in the trash. He said no one wants the responsibility and accompanying liability of handling narcotics that werent prescribed to them.

pixsidust 2011-11-08 00:47:44 -0600 Report

I almost always take everything. This is so important because these drugs are finding their way into our drinking water!

dietcherry 2011-11-08 08:08:03 -0600 Report

Yes they are! I read a study once of how all municipal water samples tested were positive for prescription drugs! Zoinks!!