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It’s time to clean out the medicine cabinet.
Roughly a third of medicines sold to consumers go unused. Storing unneeded medicines in our homes can contribute to misuse or abuse of medications. It also increases the likelihood of an accidental poisoning.
How you get rid of unwanted medicine matters. Flushing them down the drain or throwing them in the household trash adds to pharmaceutical pollution in the environment.
You should always take unused, unwanted, or expired medications to a secure medicine return kiosk. It’s as simple as entering a ZIP Code on the MED-Project website to locate one near you. These kiosks may be in pharmacies, grocery stores and police stations.
Don’t have a location nearby, or can’t drive? You can call the hotline at 1-844-MED-PROJ or visit the mail-back page of the MED-Project website to request a pre-paid envelope to return your unwanted or expired medicine. Home healthcare professionals providing services to people who have disabilities or are home-bound may also request an envelope on behalf of their client(s).
Medications can be disposed of in their original packaging or in a sealed bag. Remove all personal identification, such as name and prescription number, from the packaging.
MED-Project kiosks do not accept herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, other personal care products, compressed cylinders, aerosols, inhalers, medical devices, pet pesticide products, illicit drugs and iodine-containing medications. Sharps are also not accepted and should be properly disposed of in a sharps container.