INFORMATION ABOUT FLUSHING MEDICATIONS:
Whether your home is on sewer or septic, you should never flush medications unless information on the prescription label specifically instructs you to do so. Again, if there is a collection program in you community, please consider this option before flushing any prescriptions or medications.
*Do not give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person’s specific symptoms and medical history.
A drug that works for you could be dangerous for someone else.
*When in doubt about the proper disposal, talk to your pharmacist. The same disposal methods for prescription drugs also applies to over-the-counter drugs.
WHY THE PRECAUTIONS?
Disposal instructions on the label are part of FDA;s “risk mitigation” strategy. When a drug contains instructions to flush it down the toilet, it is because the FDA, working with the manufacturer, has determined this method to be the most appropriate route of disposal that presents the least risk to safety. Drugs such as powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances carry instruction for flushing to reduce the danger of unintentional use or overdose and illegal abuse. For example, the fentanyl patch, an adhesive patch that delivers medication through the skin, comes with instructions to flush used or leftover patches. Too much fentanyl can cause severe breathing problems and leads to death in babies, children, pets and even adults. Even after the patch is used, a lot of the drug remains in the patch. So you would not want to just throw it away.
HOW TO DISPOSE OF NEEDLES, SHARPS AND SYRINGES:
Diseases such as Hepatitis A and C, and HIV can be transmitted from needle sticks. Needles, syringes, and lancets (sharps) should be safely managed to prevent injury and disease transmission.
FOLLOW THESE SIMPLE STEPS FOR SAFE DISPOSAL OF SHARPS:
Purchase commercially available sharps container. If purchase is not an option, container at the very least must be constructed of hard plastic (eg. laundry detergent) or metal (eg coffee can).
With permanent marker label container, “USED HOUSEHOLD SHARPS” “DO NOT RECYCLE”
Add sharps point-first into container.
Keep lid on at all times to prevent spills and decrease needle stick hazards.
Fill container as much as possible with sharps and fill with sand or kitty litter.You must be able to close container lid.
When full, cap container with lid and duct tape shut.
Place in trash