Community Health

Medication Disposal

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), proper disposal of old medications should be handled as follows:

  • Follow any guidelines listed on the medication label
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet unless specifically told to do so
  • If no instructions are listed, take the medications out of the original container, mix them with an undesirable substance such as kitty litter or old coffee grounds, and place them in a sealable container to be thrown into your regular trash
  • Scratch out all identifying information from your medication bottles before throwing them into the trash

For more information about properly disposing of unused medications and a list of pharmacies that will dispose of medications for you, please visit