An Operation Medicine Cabinet Collection Event is being planned for April 28, 2012 at locations throughout Southern Nevada. Detailed location information is coming soon.

Do You Know How To Properly Dispose Unused Medications?

>> Monday, January 11, 2010

Properly disposing unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs helps protect children, pets and the environment. The University of Southern Nevada College of Pharmacy offers the following information:


  • Flush your medication/drugs - Flushing drugs down the toilet has been shown to pollute water supplies.
  • Pour your medication/drugs down the drain - Even small amounts of drugs may affect fish and wildlife.
  • Give unused medications/drugs to family, friends or co-workers - Your medication/drugs were prescribed specifically for you by a doctor and could be harmful to others based on their medical conditions as well as potential drug interactions.
Steps for Disposing Drugs:
  • Collect all medications/drugs that are expired or no longer being used.
  • Remove all labels containing personal information from empty medication containers. Leave all warning labels.
  • Place all solid medication (pills, capsules, etc.) into a sealable plastic bag.
  • Gently crush the medication with a heavy object.
  • Carefully open sealed plastic bag and pour contents back into the medication container, if available, and add an absorbent product, such as kitty litter, saw dust or coffee grounds.
  • Add liquid medications.
  • Seal shut the container and/or tape the plastic bag shut and discreetly discard in the trash.
If you have questions regarding your medications/drugs, talk to your pharmacist.


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