How Do I Get Rid Of…
Removing unused medication from your medicine cabinet prevents others from consuming it, and potentially becoming addicted.
Do NOT dispose of medications down the drain or flush down the toilet as waste water treatment plants do not have the capacity to filter out or treat certain items (hormone medications, chemotherapy drugs, antibiotics, etc.) Ultimately, this can create harmful results in wildlife populations, such as fish infertility.
There are several ways to dispose of unused medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter:
- Bring it to a Sharps, Needles and Drug Disposal drop off location,
- Bring it to Kinney Drug’s monthly collection,
- Bring it to a Drug Enforcement Administration Take Back Day,
- Disguise it by mixing it with an unwanted substance such as coffee grounds or rotten food scraps, to deter people or pets from ingesting it, and place in the trash.
Medications brought to a drop-off site, pharmacy, DEA Take Back Day or put in the trash in our community all meet the same end; they are destroyed at the Waste-to-Energy Facility. Here they are combusted at over 2,000 degrees and converted into electricity, along with the rest of the trash generated in our community. The Waste-to-Energy Facility produces enough electricity to power 30,000 homes in Onondaga County!