One of the bigger elements of Homemaking is keeping the small parts of your belongings organised.
The one thing everyone deals with either periodically or after an illness or surgery is medication. So, the question that arises is – How should you dispose of unused medication responsibly?
The best way to dispose of most types of unused or expired medicines (both prescription and over the counter) is to drop off the medicine at a drug take back site, location, or program immediately.
Another method of flushing it down is also popular, it is now being discouraged. These pharmaceuticals can pollute our water and unintentionally expose us to the chemicals in these medications. These include prescription and over-the-counter drugs in pills, liquids, drops, patches and creams.
Throwing most medication into household trash is not a problem but it does require a few steps.
The first step is to remove the drugs from their original containers and mix them with something undesirable, such as used coffee grounds, dirt, or cat litter.
You can then put the mixture in something you can close (a re-sealable zipper storage bag, empty can, or other container) to prevent the drug from leaking or spilling out. This also makes the medicine less appealing to children and pets and unrecognisable to someone who might intentionally go through the trash looking for drugs.
Please do follow these tips to keep your home and environment safe!