Prescription Disposal Guidelines
Improper disposal of prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications can have negative effects on the environment. For example, trace amounts of flushed medications have been known to turn up in local waterways and, in some cases, in household tap water. On the other hand, unused drugs that are kept around the house can put youngsters and pets at risk of accidental poisoning from ingestion. If you have unused drugs you need to throw out, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends disposing of them in a way that will not put the environment, children and animals at risk.