DON'T FLUSH UNUSED MEDICINES - When flushed down the drain, some pharmaceuticals are not completely removed by the wastewater treatment plants and are discharged to surface waters. The United States Environmental Protection Agency studies have shown that medications in rivers and streams, if present at high enough concentrations, can harm aquatic wildlife. As the use of pharmaceuticals increase, there is a concern that medicine levels in treated drinking water will also rise. To protect our environment, THROW unused, unwanted or expired medicines in the TRASH.
To help prevent their misuse or accidental ingestion by children or pets, the American Pharmacists Association recommends the following steps for safely disposing of unused medications:
- Cross out pertinent information on the label: patients name, prescription number, etc.
- Keep the pills, liquid, gels in their original container or place in a sealable container
- Mix medicines with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, used coffee grinds, or cat litter
- Seal the container and secure with tape if necessary
- Put the container in the trash and not in the recycle bin
To further assist you, the City of Fair Oaks Ranch, periodically, participates in Prescription Drug Take Back events. As they occur, notification of time(s) and location(s) is posted on the city's website. To not miss an event, sign up to be notified, by clicking on Notify Me