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    I just opened up the thread about Cindy & teeth because I went threw that 6 weeks ago, so I go oxycodone, I am not a pill taker and really don't know but because of pain had to take it I only took one pill, now feeling not that much pain how do I dispose of it. I use to flush meds down the toilet but found out it gets into the water system. How do I get rid of this?

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    Thats a good question that I've never thought about before. The trash seems safer than flushing it because it would end up at the landfill instead of your local water supply which comes back to your house.

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    • #3
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      I know liquid meds they say to pour into kitty litter and dispose of pills no clue. I usualy just open the bottle dump them in the garbage. Anyone know more about pills?

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      • #4
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        In Canada, they say to take the old/unused medication back to the pharmacy to be disposed of safely. Just think if an animal got into your garbage, or worse, a child.
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        • #5
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          Last year after my Dad died we had a lot of his meds left. I took them to the pharmacy and had them dispose of them. It's a shame because some of them were unopened and not past the expiration date.
          I asked the pharmacist if there wasn't some kind of program for donating meds like that to people who needed them and had a hard time financially or no insurance. Found out there's no program around here like that. It's almost criminal having to throw expensive meds out when they could be used by someone.

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          • #6
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            The base pharmacy told DH to wrap the bottles (lids) with heavy tape and throw in the trash.

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            • #7
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              I know several people who take the same meds/dosage etc as I do. If my Dr. changes mine I have given the extra to one of these people.No we aren't afraid of that when we know what it is and use the same pharmacy.....I once had a med my dr took me off of and a few years later put me back on it. I told her I still had it and she said it should be fine to go ahead and use it.shelf life is usually longer then what the pharm puts on the label.I had not heard about not flushing down the toilet, as I have done that as well as pouring them in the garbage....interesting thread.
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              • #8
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                When my dad died, the hospice nurse took the un-used pills and flushed them. but I can see where people on city water shouldn't.

                She said that they couldn't re-use the pills, even if they weren't open and these were some strong, expensive narcotics. I questioned that , but she said that it was the law.

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                • #9
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                  That is what I did, I got vicodin after my last surgery and never even took one. But I still have it. SO 's brother is a pharmacist and he told me hang on to the meds. You may have a bad toothache , it's the weekend, can't get in to see the doc. etc. and having pain meds may come in handy.

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                  • #10
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                    Contact your local health department. They usually dispose of used syringes and medications. Also, ask your doctors office sometimes they take them.
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                    • #11
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                      My father in law had cancer and when he died we had extra oxycotin (sp) and I was worried about what to do with it. Sure did not want any punks to get ahold of it. Will be watching this thread in case we have a problem like this in the future.

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                      • #12
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                        I dispose of used needles in a laundry detergent bottle taped shut with duct tape. If I needed to throw meds out, I would do the same.
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                        • #13
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                          At Work We Flush Them Down The Toilet, But..... We Don't Get Narcotics, So I'm Not Sure How You Would Do It. Ask Your Pharmacist If They Have A Way To Do It. I Don't Know If They'll Do It With Narcotics, But We Will Take Bottles People Bring Us Of Medications They Don't Take Anymore, Or If The Patient Passed Away, We Black Out The Name On The Lable And Give It To Patients On The Same Medications That Can't Afford It. I Will Only Do This With Patients I Trust. There Are A Few Of Them That Are Dirty People, I Flush The Meds.
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                            Flushing your unwanted pills down the toilet can cause more than plumbing problems. Because sewage plants are designed to treat biodegradable organic waste, and not pharmaceuticals, the chemicals in consumer products can slip past treatment and remain in the effluent that spills into the lakes, rivers, or the ocean, as well as in the heavy sludge that is used as landfill cover or as fertilizer in farmland.

                            In fact, studies of fish in waterways near Lake Mead in Denver, and in London's Thames River have revealed reproductive abnormalities thought to be a result of concentrations of endocrine-disrupting chemicals from birth-control pills and other flushed or dumped meds.

                            How to Properly Dispose of Medications:

                            Step1
                            Keep the unwanted medication in its original package. Use an indelible marker to cross out the name and prescription number on the label.
                            Step2
                            Add water to a container of pills in order to dissolve them. Add sand, sawdust, or kitty litter to dilute liquid medication. Make sure the lid is tightly sealed. Wrap duct tape or packaging tape around the seal.
                            Step3
                            Ask your local pharmacists whether they will accept unwanted medications for disposal. Many pharmacies now have a program for receiving and disposing safely of unwanted medications.
                            Step4
                            Check with your health department to find out whether they or other local agencies have provisions for special collections of hazardous or unwanted medical materials.
                            Step5
                            Use your own household trash disposal service if there is no provision for special hazardous waste collection at your pharmacy or in your locale. Place the taped package inside a larger container with a lid such as a coffee can. Then put the container with your trash. Most landfills now are designed to contain unwanted medications prepared in this way.
                            Step6
                            Give special attention to the disposal of unwanted lancets or needles. Press the sharp end into an object that will hold them firmly in the trash. Most lancets are designed with a cap into which the sharp end can be pressed for disposal. Carefully press the sharp end of a needle into a small piece of carrot or other firm substance. Then seal it into a tightly-lidded can or jar and place it in the trash. Keep the disposal container itself covered tightly and locked away from pets and small children.
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                            • #15
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                              I had an allergic reaction to a med the doctor gave me, and I was unsure about giving them back to the pharmacy. I was told by a pharmacy tech they reuse them. But how do they know they weren't tampered with? I crushed them up and threw them out with the trash.

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