What should I do with old medication?
Please DO NOT flush unwanted medications down the toilet.
- Place the pills in a plastic zip-top bag with coffee grounds, flour or kitty litter and put the bag in your regular trash. This makes the medicines undesirable and prevents toxins from contaminating our drinking water.
- Local pharmacies may offer take-back or mail-in programs. For example, Rite Aid ($3.99), CVS ($3.99), Walgreens ($2.99) and Giant sell prepaid envelopes that can be filled with unwanted medication and mailed to a facility that properly handles disposal.
- Take advantage of government-sponsored programs when available. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has offered prescription drug take-back programs. Visit www.dea.gov for information.
- Visit www.disposemymeds.org and www.dhmh.state.md.us for additional information and details about prescription donation sites.
Once you have safely disposed of the medication, you can recycle your empty medicine bottles. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.