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Disposal of Expired Prescription Medications and Sharps

Is your medicine cabinet filled with expired drugs or medications you no longer use? How should you dispose of them? Click on these links to read what you can do:
How to Dispose of Unused Medicines
Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

The Coalition has identified several types of safe disposal programs for self- injectors. Instead of placing sharps in the trash, self-injectors are encouraged to use any of these alternative disposal methods:

  • Drop Box or Supervised Collection Sites
  • Sharps users can take their own sharps containers filled with used needles to appropriate collections sites: doctors' offices, hospitals, pharmacies, and health departments. Services are free or have a nominal fee. Check with your pharmacist or other health care provider for availability in your area.
  • Mail-Back Programs
    Sharps users place their used sharps in special containers and return the container by mail to a collection site for proper disposal. This service usually requires a fee. Fees vary, depending on the size of the container. Check with your health care provider, pharmacist, yellow pages, or search the Internet using keywords "sharps mail back."
  • At-Home Needle Destruction Devices
    Several manufacturers offer products that allow you to destroy used needles at home. These devices sever, burn, or melt the needle, rendering it safe for disposal. Check with your pharmacist or search the internet using keywords "sharps disposal devices." The prices of these devices vary according to product type and manufacturer.

    Click the link to find out more information: Best Way to Get Rid of Used Needles and Other Sharps