What's that in your medicine cabinet in between the Caladryl and the Q-Tips? What's that on the top shelf next to the under arm deodorant? Could it be the same item that's beside the Band-Aids under the sink?
If you're like me, I'm sure you have a least one container of expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs in your house. You know it's dangerous. Left in the cabinet, there's the potential of misuse or abuse by others in your home, or visiting your home. Flushing them down the toilet or just throwing them away can create probable health and safety issues. What's a responsible person to do???
Here are 2 options:
Go to DisposeMyMeds.org. Here you will find information regarding Medication Safety, Environmental Impact, and a Pharmacy Locator (offering a safe way to dispose of medications).
If you are unable to find a local Pharmacy, follow these steps:
1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag.
4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty containers by covering it with black permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
5. Place the sealed container with the mixture, and the empty drug containers, in the trash.
(From the Office of National Drug Control Policy October 2009)
Do what needs to be done. Be safe. Protect yourself, your family, and the environment. (Plus think of the reclaimed space you'll get back in the medicine cabinet and under the sink!)
The Foerster Team
Rocky Mountain Real Estate Advisors