Dispose of Unused or Expired Medications Properly
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) recommends the following way to keep unused or expired medications out of our rivers and lakes:
- Take the medication out of its original container and mix it with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds or kitty litter. The medication will be less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through your trash.
- Put it in a sealable bag, empty can or other container to prevent the medication from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
- Place in your household garbage.
- Remove the label and/or scratch off all personal information on the label when disposing of a prescription vial.
Pharmacy Take-Back Program
Some pharmacies offer “take-back” programs to dispose of unused or expired medicines. Check with your local pharmacy to see if they have a program like this.
Local Drop Box Locations
Here is a list of local drop box locations for prescription and over-the-counter medications.
CVS Pharmacy CVS Pharmacy
22 Upper Riverdale Road, Riverdale 5095 Mount Zion Parkway, Stockbridge
Walgreens Pharmacy Clayton County Police Headquarters
1855 Hudson Bridge Road, Stockbridge 7911 North McDonough Street, Jonesboro