REMOVE THE RISK
Get rid of expired drugs or medications you no longer use. What’s safe for you might be harmful for someone else.
- Don’t share your opioid or other prescription with others.
- Store opioids out of sight and out of reach of children in your home.
- Dispose of unused opioids safely when there is no longer a medical need for them
According to the FDA, prescription opioid misuse is one of the most common types of illegal drug use in the United States. Many people who misused prescription pain-reducing medicine said that they got it from a friend or relative.
The best way to dispose of ALL your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines is through a drug take back program or you can do it at home. See below for links to local resources and FDA instructions for home disposal options:
- FREE Medication Disposal Bag by Mail. The patented Deterra® System deactivates prescription drugs, pills, patches, liquids, creams and films. Deterra renders them inert, unavailable for misuse and safe for the environment. In a simple 3-step process, a user deactivates the drugs by putting them in a Deterra pouch or container, adding water, shaking and throwing it away. It’s truly that simple.
- Center for Family Life & Recovery, Inc. - Rx Medication Return Unit Locations
- Kinney Drugs: All Kinney Drugs Locations in New York State have a medication and drug collection kiosks for drop off of expired or unwanted medication: Locations in the region include:
- FDA Where and How to Dispose of Unused Medications