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   Posted 1/16/2011 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Chutz I hope you posts this above for all to read...

Disposing of medicines: Doctors do not take on the added guards any more of
taking back medicines that are unused, that we've had reactions to, and your local
pharmacies don't always do this either, so if you have medicines in your cabinets
not being used, look for a community drop off, my community last year had a
medicine drop off places where we could take medicines not being used.
If not, some types of medicines can be dissolved in vinegar. Ask your pharmacists if this
is okay, and always take the labels off and shred them, so no one can refill your
script, and lastly never, never put any medicines directly in the trash. Thieves can
steal these from your trash, or wildlife could get into your trash, or you
could pollute the groundwater with your medicines by not disposing of them properly.
Please think when it comes to your medicines, and as to how to properly dispose of them.

This is only to inform and be helpful, and just a reminder to those who know this.
Thank you for your time and considerations in this, just trying to help...
Thanks from your friend Chartreux

Mrs. Dani
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   Posted 1/16/2011 10:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Well... I have never heard of drop offs.

However, I have a very effective way to dispose of unused medications.

1. Get a plastic bag, put 3-4 cups of cat litter in the bag.
2. Put unused & unwanted medications into the bag of cat litter (the pills, not the bottles).
3. Pour 3-4 cups of water into bag.

Toss out in trash

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And sorry I could not travel both
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   Posted 1/16/2011 11:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My PM does. I just gave him my methadone back 2 days ago. Maybe some docs, don't -- but that's not always the case.

I agree about being careful about privacy, though. This applies not only to unused meds, but also med bottles, receipts & anything that could indicate what medications one is on. Similar to what Dani does, I follow those procedures with coffee grounds for any non-C2 meds.

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   Posted 1/16/2011 11:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Also, not every area has drop-offs available. Technically, they are still illegal. Then again, so is giving unused meds to your doctor or disposing of them in the trash. The DEA does coordinate national prescription drop-off days so they're not likely to land anyone in any sort of legal trouble, but the laws on the books don't actually allow them and as a result few organizations are willing to take on the risk of offering that service. Malpractice insurers have different views on whether it's better for doctors to consider what's safest for their patients, or whether it's best to operate within the letter of the law.

Chart's ideas are really good ways to protect oneself. Even if returning meds to a doctor, I've now taken to bringing a permanent marker with me so I can black out all the info once the nurse has checked them in.

FYI ... certain meds have specific ways to dispose of them. the package insert can give instructions (e.g., duragesic should be opened & folded in half on itself; actiq is one of the few meds that is supposed to be dissolved in hot water).

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   Posted 1/17/2011 12:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for bringing this up Char, it is a very important topic that is not often discussed.

One of my docs told me that you can also crush up your unwanted meds & mix them with coffee grounds to dispose of them in the trash. The best option is probably to bring them to your doctor or pharmacist, as they should have hazardous waste containers that they can use to safely get rid of unwanted meds.

Flushing your meds down the toilet isn't necessarily safe, because those meds can find their way into the environment, and into drinking water. It is scary to read that most public water supplies contain significant amounts of certain, potentially harmful drugs, in part because of improper disposal (see below link).


Post Edited (skeye) : 1/16/2011 10:19:18 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 1/17/2011 3:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Contacting your local hospital is a good and easy way to find out where you can legally take unused medications. Most of the hospitals around here will take them and place them in their incinerators.
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   Posted 1/17/2011 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
This was just intended to be helpful and informative...
Thanks for all the added help and suggestions, I called around Krogers, Walgreens in my area do not
take medicines back for proper disposal and neither did any of my Doctors, as it's legal
issues for them, So for me it was hard finding out to properly dispose of my medicines and if I was
having these problems others might be too...
* Asthma, Allergies, Osteoarthritis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenative Disc (Lower Lumbar S1-L3 and Cervical C5,C6, C8 and T1), Fibromyalgia, Gerd,
Enlarged Pituitary Gland, Sjogren's, Ocular Migraines, mild carpel tunnel, ect.... "Would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...

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