Home medical waste

Do not flush or put prescription medicine down the drain.

By law, once a prescription has been issued, the pharmacy cannot take it back.medicine

Unused pharmaceuticals found in the trash may be stolen for unregulated use.

Antibiotics kill beneficial microbes in septic and wastewater treatment systems. Other medications, even at very low concentrations, may have serious detrimental effects on fish, other aquatic life, and drinking water.

For pills: crush and pour powder in trash.  

For liquids: pour into a container of inedible material like cat litter, coffee grounds or dirt.

Hide containers in the trash. Only recycle if empty rigid plastic container.

Cohasset, Duxbury, Hull, Middleboro, Norwell, Rockland, Weymouth and Whitman Police Departments (MedReturn) each have a kiosk for unwanted medications at their main stations, open 24/7, no question asked.

The Drug Enforcement Agency coordinates semi-annual National Drug Takeback Days.