Comments on: Question of the Week: What do you do with unused over-the-counter or prescription drugs? http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/ The EPA Blog Mon, 14 Dec 2015 16:24:21 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 By: Anonymous http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11074 Thu, 12 May 2011 15:50:30 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11074 I’m utterly shocked to hear this!! If it’s unsafe for the orginal user to use outdated medications, do tell me, how it becomes safe to redistribute to others??? I might as well just keep them myself for later use?!! What then makes old medications unsafe???

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By: AG http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11073 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 21:10:17 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11073 Thanks For providing such a good information.I like Your ideas and i will imply this idea in my website

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By: menersa http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11072 Wed, 07 Jul 2010 07:42:38 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11072 Thanks For providing such a good information.I like Your ideas and i will imply this idea in my website

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By: helanponting http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11071 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 09:41:37 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11071 I just want to let you know that I just check out your site and I find it very interesting and informative. I can’t wait to read lots of your posts.

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By: annawilliams http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11070 Tue, 06 Jul 2010 07:07:09 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11070 Thanks for the illustration, it really helped me on my knowledge. environment information is helpful every person,You are thinks is good.Thanks again.

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By: Amy Cameron http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11069 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 22:57:43 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11069 I just throw them in the trash but now that I know better, I should dispose of them properly. It’s surprising how we take things for granted.

Amy Cameron

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By: Arnold Howard http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11068 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 16:01:24 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11068 There are many medicines in this country that are not prescribed properly so it is good to know which ones do not require a prescription, although there are sites that you trust as findyourdrug.com gives adequate guarantees ..

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By: Tracey Gay http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11067 Wed, 23 Dec 2009 18:44:47 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11067 In response to drugs that should NEVER be flushed–antibiotics as they make bacteria drug resistant and hormone replacement drugs as they affect the reproductive cycles of aquatic life. Place in sealed container with kitty litter, flour or coffee grounds, mix with water or alcohol and wrap with duct tape–pills will be inert before they leach to ground water.

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By: concerned parent http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11066 Tue, 03 Nov 2009 04:33:23 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11066 Just reading up on this, as I just cleaned out my medicine closet – have a 10 gallon bag of expired prescriptions, as well as supplements of sorts, needing a place to properly dispose of them.

But the BIGGEST reason I started reading up on this tonight, is I just cleaned out my freezer tonight and found two alza 36 tablets in the bottom of the freezer. There is NO reason why those should be there. My youngest son stopped taking the script about a year ago, and I still had some left in the bottle — should have known better.

My Step-son was over about a month ago, and I overheard a conversation he had on the phone with the daughter of a friend of his mother’s (confused yet) that was living with them. She was trying to get a hold of Concerta, as she was “needing it” to help study for a test. I suspect that he had gotten some from his brother’s old script bottle, and when I confronted him about the conversation, must have “dumped” the pills in the bottom of the freezer to get later.

Needless to say, I told him that if I caught him with the pills, or found out that he was either “supplying” or “giving” the pills to others, that he would find out just how much of a “wicked step-mother” I could be, as I would not have a problem having him arrested for “dealing.” Yes, it is a little (no, a lot) extreme, but it could “wake him up” before he ends up killing someone. Truth be told, he really is a good kid, but his mother has absolutely no common sense when it comes to raising kids. Not only that, I have five other kids, and three grandkids I need to worry about as well.

Well, short story long, in answer to many posts questions, contact your local drug rehab organization. They would be more than happy to direct you on where to safely drop off the old meds. Hospitals, pharmacies, police stations, etc. may also have a system in place as well to properly dispose of them.

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By: Gabe C. http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2008/12/qotw-prescription-drug-disposal/#comment-11065 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 15:05:14 +0000 http://blog.epa.gov/blog/?p=516#comment-11065 It is good to see that awareness regarding expired meds is becoming mainstream. I was influential in having a local pharmacy develop a take-back program – it was such a big hit, I wrote about it in an environmental newsletter in which I am a columnist. They are planning their third event soon, and their efforts will be featured in a follow-on article in which I compare their efforts with those of two other pharmacies in different parts of the US.

While grassroots efforts are great, we need the USEPA and the FDA and DEA to provide consistent guidance to these outposts acting on their own with just determination and meager anecdotal guidance.

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