Prescription Drug Safety Starts With You

April 6, 2017

A group of brightly colored prescription pillsUnused and expired medications should be properly disposed of as soon as possible. Colorado has numerous prescription take-back locations and mail-back envelopes can be purchased at some pharmacies. Just make sure you don’t flush your medicine down the toilet or give it to friends or family to dispose of. If you can’t access a take-back location, follow these steps for trash disposal:

  • Remove from the original container; remove the label or cross out any identifying information.
  • Mix with something that can’t be eaten, like kitty litter, coffee grounds, saw dust, home cleanser, etc.
  • Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can, or other durable container that prevents leakage.
  • Wrap the container in newspaper or a plain brown bag to conceal its contents. Place it in your trash the day it’s collected.

Source: The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

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The Colorado Consortium for Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention was created in 2013. The mission of the Consortium is to reduce the abuse and misuse of prescription drugs through improvements in education, public outreach, research, safe disposal, and treatment. Visit the state’s online resource,, for information about the safe use, storage, and disposal of prescription drugs.

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