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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Dispose of Prescriptions Safely and Responsibly on April 28

"National Prescription Drug Take Back Day--April 28---provides a safe, convenient, responsible, and NO QUESTIONS ASKED means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

There are four participating locations within 15 miles of Topanga, including a location in Woodland Hills, and one in Santa Monica. View the locations HERE. The event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at each site.

To view the full list of controlled substance public disposal locations, click here.

You can also check with your pharmacist. Some pharmacies have mail-back programs and disposal kiosks for unused medicines.

For more information on the DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, click here.

To view flyer on "How to Dispose of Medicines Properly", click here.

How to Dispose of Medicines at Home

There are two ways to dispose of medicine, depending on the drug.

Flushing medicines: Because some medicines could be especially harmful to others, they have specific directions to immediately flush them down the sink or toilet when they are no longer needed.

How will you know? Check the label or the patient information leaflet with your medicine. Or consult the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s list of medicines recommended for disposal by flushing.

Disposing medicines in household trash: Almost all medicines can be thrown into your household trash. These include prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in pills, liquids, drops, patches, creams, and inhalers.

Follow these steps:

1. Remove the drugs from their original containers and mix them with something undesirable, such as used coffee grounds, dirt, or cat litter. This makes the medicine less appealing to children and pets and unrecognizable to someone who might intentionally go through the trash looking for drugs.
2. Put the mixture in something you can close (a re-sealable zipper storage bag, empty can, or other container) to prevent the drug from leaking or spilling out.
3. Throw the container in the garbage.
4. Scratch out all your personal information on the empty medicine packaging to protect your identity and privacy. Throw the packaging away. 

If you have a question about your medicine, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Disposing of Fentanyl Patches

Some prescription drugs — such as powerful narcotic pain medicines and other controlled substances — have instructions for flushing to reduce the danger of overdose from unintentional or illegal use.

One example is the fentanyl patch. This adhesive patch delivers a strong pain medicine through the skin. Even after a patch is used, a lot of the medicine remains. That’s why the drug comes with instructions to flush used or leftover patches.

Disposing of Inhaler Products

One environmental concern involves inhalers used by people who have asthma or other breathing problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Read handling instructions on the labeling of inhalers and aerosol products. These products could be dangerous if punctured or thrown into a fire or incinerator. To properly dispose of these products and follow local regulations and laws, contact your trash and recycling facility.

Flushing Drugs and the Water Supply

Some people wonder if it’s okay to flush certain medicines. There are concerns about the small levels of drugs that may be found in surface water, such as rivers and lakes, and in drinking water supplies.

“The main way drug residues enter water systems is by people taking medicines and then naturally passing them through their bodies,” says Raanan Bloom, Ph.D., an environmental assessment expert at the FDA. “Many drugs are not completely absorbed or metabolized by the body and can enter the environment after passing through wastewater treatment plants.”

The FDA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take the concerns of flushing certain medicines in the environment seriously. Still, there has been no sign of environmental effects caused by flushing recommended drugs.

Treatment and Disposal of Medical Waste

Disposal of Medical Sharps/Needles

Improper management of discarded needles and other sharps can pose a health risk to the public and waste workers. For example, discarded needles may expose waste workers to potential needle stick injuries and potential infection when containers break open inside garbage trucks or needles are mistakenly sent to recycling facilities. Janitors and housekeepers also risk injury if loose sharps poke through plastic garbage bags. Used needles can transmit serious diseases, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis.

See the following documents for information on proper management of needles and sharps:

Community Options for Safe Needle Disposal
Protect Yourself, Protect Others: Safe Options for Home Needle Disposal
Safe Needle Disposal - a project of NeedyMedsEXIT - promotes public awareness and community solutions for safe disposal of needles, syringes, and other sharps.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Sharps Safety for Healthcare Settings

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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