Expired and unwanted medicine can be discarded at home. It’s a safe, convenient, and free option.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency support and promote in-home disposal of medicine.
Keeping unwanted or expired medicine in your home puts your family at risk. Every year, nearly 60,000 young children end up in the emergency department because they got into medicine while their parent or caregiver was not looking. Any medicine can be dangerous if taken in the wrong way or by the wrong person, even medicine you buy without a prescription (known as over-the-counter or OTC medicine).
OTC medicines are meant to be kept in the home so families can relieve symptoms as soon as they arise. This is part of what makes them such convenient treatment options. It is important to always store medicines up and away and out of sight of children. And when done with medicine, it is important to quickly get rid of it. Here’s How.