What should I do with my (my family member's) unused medicines, if I cannot donate them?

You should destroy them beyond reclamation - destroy them so that no one can inadvertently take them and be harmed. The following are suggested ways to do this:
  • To destroy liquid medications: Open the container and pour the medication over/into an absorbent material such as kitty litter or paper products and dispose of in the regular trash just prior to pick-up.
  • To destroy tablets and capsules: Pour a small amount of cleaning fluid, such as liquid detergent, ammonia or bleach in the bottles with the medication and then dispose of in the regular trash just prior to pick-up.
  • Remove the patient name from any medicine containers. Place all containers in a sealed outer bag or box with no label.

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