How to Safely Dispose of Your Old Medication

Yavapai County Community Health Services Opioid and Substance Abuse Health Educator, Josh Goldman, cited Deterra pouches as a safe and easy option for getting rid of old medications.

Do you have expired or partially used prescription medications in your medicine chest, in the back of your kitchen cabinet or stashed in a drawer? Many people keep old pills for years with the best intentions. We want to get rid of them, but often don’t know how to dispose of them properly. We’re concerned about accidentally allowing the medications to get in the wrong hands or taint the environment and simply let them stack up for years.

“It’s important to quit taking expired medications and get rid of them safely as soon as you can,” said Yavapai County Community Health Services Opioid and Substance Abuse Health Educator Josh Goldman. “Expired meds tend to lose their potency, so in essence, you’ll no longer have the benefits of the medication you were prescribed in the first place. Some medications are even susceptible to bacterial growth.”

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