Although yesterday was Earth Day, it’s still being commemorated by people who celebrate Earth Month. In that spirit, there is something else you can do to help the planet while you reduce clutter in your home. While you're sorting and purging, you might come across expired medications.
I recently read a blog post that said you don’t have to dispose medication by its expiration date. Being the skeptic that I am, I followed the link that was posted to back up the claim. Although the source is legitimate, I have trouble believing the claim. If you have questions about how long you can safely keep medication before disposing it safely, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
To enable the safe disposal of unused or expired medication, The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) created National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The next scheduled event is this Saturday, April 28. From 10 am to 2 pm you can take medicines to approved locations, which you can find on the DEA Web site
While the best way to dispose of any unused drug, over-the-counter or prescription, is to return it to your pharmacy for safe disposal, most people don’t have that option. The worst thing you can do is flush medicine, because it harms the environment.
Do you know of local or national groups that make it easier to dispose of medications safely? Click on Post a Comment, below, and tell us.
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