National prescription drug take back day is September 27, 2014. These events are held twice a year and are sponsored by law enforcement agencies. You can find a list of collection sites here. Dropping off your medications is the best way to make sure that old medicine does not accidentally get misused or abused. If you do not wish to wait for the collection day, you can also dispose of medications by following the FDA guidelines. The FDA also keeps a list of certain drugs which should also be flushed instead of thrown away in the garbage. These drugs are on the flush list because of their potential for abuse or poisonous nature if taken by other people and children.
Protect from accidental poisoning. Throwing away old or unused medication in a responsible manner can help protect people from accidental poisoning. Young children can accidentally poison themselves by taking pill that were prescribed for adults. Older children and teens may be tempted to experiment with easily available medications, causing harm to themselves or their friends. Protect our drinking water and natural resources. Whenever possible, try not to flush medication down the toilet or throw used medicine in the regular trash. This disposal method can pollute lakes, streams and drinking water. Studies have show that medicine flushed into the toilet is never fully eliminated, and can eventually show up in the drinking water. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has started a program which helps people safely throw away old non narcotic prescription medication. As of August 2014, unwanted non narcotic medications can be disposed of at the following locations:
You can also read more about the program, by visiting the following websites: