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Posted on: December 13, 2019

Tips for Discarding your Unwanted Medications

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Have you ever wondered what to do with your unused, unwanted or expired medications? Don't allow your medicine cabinet to become cluttered with unusable, unnecessary medications. There are easy, safe ways to dispose of all kinds of medications. 

One option is to mix unused pills, capsules and liquid medications with an undesirable substance such as kitty litter or used coffee grounds. Place the mixture inside of a sealable plastic bag or other container, and throw the sealed container away with your weekly trash. 

Another option is to use the 24-hour drop box designated for unwanted medications located behind the Kent Police Department at 301 S. Depeyster Street. This drop box allows residents anonymity when disposing of unwanted/unused medications. The drop box does not accept injectable solutions or needles, nor does it accept illegal substances such marijuana or methamphetamines. 

Be sure to scratch off all personal information on your prescription labels before you throw them away to ensure that your health information remains private.

 Do not flush unused medications unless the label specifically instructs you to do so! 

If you are still unsure of how to dispose of your unused medications, ask your local pharmacist.

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