Green Dilemma: Getting Rid of Expired Meds

Green Dilemma: Getting Rid of Expired Meds

Stephanie Kinnear
Apr 15, 2008

We were thinking about our medicine cabinet last night. It's relatively clean, but we decided to rifle through and do a little purge, regardless. We don't have much prescription medicine, but we did find a few tubes and over the counter bottles of expired drugs (of the cold medicine variety).

So -- what to do with them?

Treat your drugs, prescription and otherwise like hazardous waste.

The best places to go when looking to responsibly dispose of expired medicine is your pharmacy. Many pharmacies have takeback programs. If your pharmacy doesn't, call around.

If you can't find a pharmacy that will correctly dispose of your medicine, then call your city's hazardous waste department. Hopefully, they can help.

In our neighborhood -- Berkeley, California -- Elephant Pharmacy will take back medicine for safe disposal.

If you know of a pharmacy that does the same in your neighborhood, please list it below -- for the benefit of your neighbors!

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