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09/21/2012

Medication Disposal and Drug Take Back Days

Failure to dispose of unused/unwanted medications, particularly controlled substances, presents a significant risk for drug diversion - theft from a medicine cabinet. Get rid of excess medications at the upcoming DEA Drug Take Back Day, scheduled for September 29th, 2012 from 10AM-2PM. See the website, www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ for locations near you.

If you can't get there, at least follow these simple directions:
1. Mix medicines (do NOT crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds;
2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag; and
3. Throw the container in your household trash

For most medicines, DO NOT FLUSH them down the toilet. There are a few you can flush down the toilet - check with your pharmacist if yours is one of them.

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