Flushing medicine down the sink or toilet may be bad for the environment. Throwing it away with the trash may cause less pollution, but there is a risk that other people or animals may find it. Privacy may also be a concern if containers have labels with names and other personal information.
The following steps can be taken to more safely dispose of unused and expired medication:
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Office of Sustainable Practices has a program providing guidance and assistance related to the proper management of unwanted household waste. Click here for details.
Below is a link to a video from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy illustrating a correct way to dispose of medications. Click here to learn more.