Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Your medicine is for you. What’s safe for you might be harmful for someone else. The best way to dispose of your expired, unwanted, or unused medicines is through a drug take back program — or you can do it at home.

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    Safe Medication Disposal

    An estimated 40% of medications go unused, but what do you do with medications that you no longer want or need? This film gives a simple step-by-step guide on how to dispose of over-the-counter (OTC) and prescription medications in a way that keeps them out of the hands of young children, prevents abuse, and is safe for the environment. Learn what medications can be disposed of at home as well as how to find community and Drug Enforcement Agency take-back programs. Learn more and visit the Alliance for Aging Research at http://www.agingresearch.org/drug-safety

    How to Safely Dispose of Unused or Expired Medicine

    Learn how to properly get rid of old, expired, unwanted, or unused medicines. This video describes health risks—including potential overdose—for your family of keeping unused medicines in your home. It explains your drug disposal options, which include drug take-back locations, flushing, and household trash. Learn how to safely dispose of opioids at www.fda.gov/DrugDisposal.

    What does an opioid overdose look like?

    Jessica Moreno, PharmD discusses what to do if someone with a substance use disorder has an overdose.

    What Happens to Medical Waste

    Learn about the disposal and treatment of regulated medical waste.
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