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Lee Health: Safety Matters! Properly dispose of medications

Do you have expired, unused or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications in your home? Properly disposing of these medications is important to help curb drug misuse and keep the environment, including our water, clean.

There are now easy-to-use, at-home options for disposing of prescription and OTC medications to keep people from flushing them down the toilet or throwing them into the garbage. These medication disposal products are available online or in pharmacies. Locally, through a grant with United Way over three years, the Coalition for a Drug-Free SWFL is partnering with Lee Health and other health care providers to make Deterra® Drug Disposal System pouches available in our community.

Deterra’s patented medication disposal pouches use activated carbon absorption to deactivate prescription drugs, pills, patches, liquids, creams and films, rendering them inert. By utilizing this pouch (or other drug deactivation products), drugs are no longer available for misuse, to be accidentally ingested, diverted or abused, and they can’t leak into the ecosystem