Safe Medication Disposal

How to Safely Dispose Medications

If there are no medicine take-back programs or DEA-authorized collectors available in your area, and there are no specific disposal instructions on the label, follow these simple steps to properly dispose of your medications in the household trash.

Step 1: MixStep

Mix medication (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds.

Step 2: PlaceStep

Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag.

Step 3: ThrowStep

Throw the container in your household trash.

Step 4: Scratch Out

Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, and then dispose of the container.


Contact our Roger Mills Memorial Hospital with any questions on how to properly dispose medications at: 877-270-6407 or you may contact the FDA at 855-543-3784.

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