Remove the drugs from the containers in which they came.
Mix the drugs in with used coffee grounds. If no coffee grounds are available, you can also mix the drugs with kitty litter.
Place the drug mixture into a sealed container. Empty butter and sour cream tubs, or used freezer bags work well for this purpose.
Remove or obscure all of your personal information from the label on the original prescription container, and toss the container in with the drugs.
Throw the container into the trash and dispose of your trash as you normally would.
Things You Will Need
- Coffee grounds
- Empty food bowls/bags
- Read the materials that came with your prescription to see if there are disposal instructions. While most drugs can be safely thrown away using the steps above, the FDA has recommended flushing for a few specific drugs.
- Contact your city or county waste management service to find out if there are drug take-back programs in your area.
- Dispose of drugs immediately after mixing them with coffee grounds or cat litter. Do not store the mixture for future disposal, as this can pose a risk to youngsters in the home who may get into the mixture.