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Dispose of unwanted pills correctly during National Take Back Day

Posted on Monday, April 15, 2013 at 9:36 am

Do you have a medicine cabinet that is full of expired or unwanted prescription pills? Do you no longer need these pills and wonder how to dispose of them the proper way? Before just throwing old medicine out make sure you know all the steps to dispose of them the right way.

The FDA has done research and can provide the proper guidelines for throwing prescription drugs away. There is a small number of medicines that may be especially harmful and, in some cases, fatal in a single dose if they are used by someone other than the person the medicine was prescribed for. For this reason, a few medicines have specific disposal instructions that indicate they should be flushed down the toilet when they are no longer needed and when they cannot be disposed of through a drug Take Back program. Be sure to check the label on your medication. Do not flush the medication unless the instructions advise you to do so. If your label does not leave specific instruction, make sure to remove the medication from the original packaging and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as kitty litter. By doing this it prevents kids and animals from taking the medication. When you dispose of the medication packaging, be sure to scratch out the information to protect your identity from anyone who may stumble upon it. When in doubt about proper disposal seek your pharmacist for assistance.

Anyone can take advantage of the Take Back program that will be happening on April 27 at The Medicine Shoppe, located at #10 Centerline Drive in Troy from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. call 636-462-7005 for more information. You can also join The Elsberry Pharmacy, located at 106A Broadway from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. for their Take Back program on April 27. For more information call 573-898-2550. Other locations may be obtained by visiting the DEA web site at

The Take Back program has been going strong since 2010 when it was first launched. The Medicine Shoppe and Elsberry Pharmacy asks that all of the Lincoln County residents go through their prescription drugs and dispose of them properly.

By participating in this event you can help keep drugs off the street and keep teens on the right track. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. Think about your families future the next time you expose of your unwanted medication. The safest way is always through Take Back day.