Medicines, dietary supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs may be important for our health and well-being, but they can also be a health risk in the home, especially if there are children present. Keeping unused or expired medications, whether yours or a loved one’s after their death, creates an unnecessary and avoidable risk of poisoning.
You may even have medications, especially pain medication, that others may want to steal to use recreationally or sell, which are best disposed of immediately.
Medication should not be put in the trash or flushed down the toilet until you look up the recommended form of disposal for that medication.
The preferred choice is to find a location that has a drop box or kiosk for your unused medications.
Alternatively, you may be able to dispose of it yourself.
You may also want to look into whether you can donate certain medications before getting rid of them.