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How to Dispose of Drugs

We encourage all households to take unused or unwanted drugs to a pharmaceutical collection location where available. Please check with your town, county, or city about collection opportunities.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, if no specific disposal instructions are included with your drug packaging, it is fine to throw unused or expired drugs in your household trash. To guarantee safety, they have included a few additional tips:

  1. Remove medication from the original containers and mix with an undesirable substance, such as used coffee grounds, dirt, or kitty litter. This makes the drug less appealing to children and pets, and unrecognizable to people who may intentionally go through the trash seeking drugs.
  2. Place the mixture in a sealable bag, empty can, or another container to prevent the drug from leaking or breaking out of a garbage bag.
  3. Scratch out all identifying information on the prescription label to make it unreadable. This will help protect your identity and the privacy of your personal health information.
  4. Do not give your medicine to friends. Doctors prescribe medicines based on your specific symptoms and medical history. Something that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.

Proper Disposal of Narcotics

Please contact Vivo Health Pharmacy if you have any narcotics, such as codeine or oxycodone, left over after you finish taking your medication. Improperly disposed narcotic medication can be a threat to the environment and public safety. We will send you a drug deactivation kit that breaks down the medicine quickly and safely, so you can simply toss it in the trash. Please do your part to make sure these medications do not contaminate the environment or end up in the hands of people who have not been prescribed them.

When in doubt about proper disposal, ask your pharmacist.