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What is the best way to dispose of medications when there are small children around?

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Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: Return to pharmacy

Whether or not there are small kids around, unused prescription medicines should be returned to the pharmacy to be incinerated.
Dumping them into the sink or toilet ends up putting more of those chemicals into our water supply, not a good idea.

In brief: Return to pharmacy

Whether or not there are small kids around, unused prescription medicines should be returned to the pharmacy to be incinerated.
Dumping them into the sink or toilet ends up putting more of those chemicals into our water supply, not a good idea.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: A drug drop-off site

A city may have medicine drop-off sites, such as at some pharmacies.
If no drop-off site is available, consider throwing the medicine (in its container) into the regular trash. Hopefully, the medicine will stay in its container in the local landfill for hundreds of years. If a medication is dumped outdoors or flushed down the toilet, it may end up in our lakes, streams, drinking water, and fish.

In brief: A drug drop-off site

A city may have medicine drop-off sites, such as at some pharmacies.
If no drop-off site is available, consider throwing the medicine (in its container) into the regular trash. Hopefully, the medicine will stay in its container in the local landfill for hundreds of years. If a medication is dumped outdoors or flushed down the toilet, it may end up in our lakes, streams, drinking water, and fish.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: Except for rare meds

...That are highly hazardous for whatever reason, flushing the pills and liquids down the toilet and then disposing of the empties normally seems best.

In brief: Except for rare meds

...That are highly hazardous for whatever reason, flushing the pills and liquids down the toilet and then disposing of the empties normally seems best.
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
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Dr. Lisa Roberts
Pediatrics

In brief: Remove them safely

It is best not to flush them or pour them down the trash due to concerns about contamination of water supply.
Due to limitations in space, i will refer you to a good website for further details: http://www.Jbmhh.Army.Mil/sites/local/inc/pharmdisp.Pdf. Many items can be safely disposed in household trash. Read the link for more details.

In brief: Remove them safely

It is best not to flush them or pour them down the trash due to concerns about contamination of water supply.
Due to limitations in space, i will refer you to a good website for further details: http://www.Jbmhh.Army.Mil/sites/local/inc/pharmdisp.Pdf. Many items can be safely disposed in household trash. Read the link for more details.
Dr. Lisa Roberts
Dr. Lisa Roberts
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