Disposing of Unused Prescriptions
The US Food and Drug Administration tells us that the most effective way to dispose of unused medications is by utilizing a drug take-back site or looking up a take-back program in your immediate area. If you find that there is no take-back site in your region and you need to dispose of the medications immediately, first check to see whether or not they are on the FDA “flush list.” If they are included in the list it simply means that flushing them down the toilet cannot pose any potential public health hazard. If you do not have access to a safe disposal site and your medication is not on the “flush list,” you may be able to dispose of it at home. The FDA recommends that you take the following steps when disposing of a prescription medication at home:
- Crush up the medication and combine it with a substance that is unappealing (but not dangerous), such as used coffee grounds, cat litter or dirt.
- Once you have crushed the medication and combined it thoroughly with an unappealing substance, place the mixture into a plastic bag or another sealed container.
Throw the container into the garbage.
Take the prescription medication bottle and make sure that all of your personal information is unreadable – either tear off the label or use a permanent market to cross the information out. Once you have done this, throw the medication container away as well. Take the household trash out to the larger garbage
If you have unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications in your home, it is up to you to safely dispose of them so as to reduce the risk of prescription medication abuse. If you or someone you love has been actively abusing prescription medications, there is help available.
Immersion Recovery Center and Prescription Drug Addiction Treatment
At Immersion Recovery Center we offer comprehensive and individualized addiction treatment to men and women of all ages in Southern Florida and all surrounding areas. Our program of prescription drug addiction recovery utilizes a combination of proven therapeutic methods and holistic treatment. We believe in addressing the individual comprehensively with a unique program of integrated care, one that tackles physical, mental and emotional health thoroughly and simultaneously.
We offer a multi-phased approach to clinical care, including:
Phase 1: Medically monitored detox and residential addiction treatment.
Phase 2: Partial hospitalization program (PHP).
Phase 3: Intensive outpatient treatment (IOP), sober living housing and aftercare.