Dispose of Unused or Expired Medications
The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has developed Project Medicine Drop to combat a growing and menacing problem of abuse of unused or expired medicines that accumulate in average homes. Overdoses and deaths have increased in staggering numbers.
Please visit http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/meddrop for all safe Drop Box locations.
Franklin’s Drop Box is in the Public Safety Building, rear of the Municipal Complex, and is accessible 24/7.
Disposing of unused medications in a safe manner is a national problem and there are important environmental reasons, as well as problems of misuse, not to just conveniently throw unwanted medication down the sink, toilet or in the trash. Many drugs are not completely absorbed by the human body and pass through wastewater treatment plants. Measurable levels of these drugs have been found in our waterways and in the fish in them. Some medications, even at low levels, may affect fish reproduction.
There are a number of national websites that give guidelines and have locators which use street addresses and zip codes: The following list is just a few of these websites.
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This website gives information on how to dispose of unused medications and all other recycling needs using a recycling locator.
An online resource to help you find medication disposal programs at an independent community pharmacy in your neighborhood. This public service program is presented by the National Community Pharmacists Association Foundation and the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA)
NABP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that protects public health. This website will assist with locating a permanent drug disposal site and other useful information to disposing medications the safe way.
This website is sponsored by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI). Law enforcement takes control of and destroys drugs on a regular basis and the web page also provides locations of law enforcement sites that are accepting Rx drugs throughout the U.S.
If a Project Medicine Drop location is not available nearby, you can dispose of unused and expired prescription medications by following these tips developed by the FDA and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy:
Follow any specific disposal instructions on the medication's drug label or patient information.
If no disposal instructions are provided on the label, you can throw drugs in the household trash. First take them out of the original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or kitty litter. Then put the unattractive mixture in a seal-able bag, empty can, or other container to prevent it from leaking out of a garbage bag.
Before throwing out a medicine container, scratch out all identifying information on the label in order to protect your identity and your privacy.
DO NOT give medications to friends. Doctors prescribe drugs based on a person's specific symptoms and medical history. A drug that helps you may harm someone else.
When in doubt about proper disposal of a drug, talk to your pharmacist.