It’s not at all uncommon for people to flush unwanted or expired medications down the sink or toilet. However, more and more health groups say this is harming the environment. So, what can you do?
According to Health Canada, here’s how to properly dispose of medications:
- Check to see if your pharmacy has a drug recycling program.
- See if your municipality incinerates drugs. If so, take your unused medications to your municipality’s waste disposal depot.
- At least once a year, go through your medicine cabinet and remove prescription drugs that are old or that you no longer take. Dispose of them as suggested above.
Another safe way to dispose of old drugs is to put them into your used coffee grounds and throw them in the trash.