Chapter 3: Medication safety

Safe disposal of medications and supplies

I never knew there was so much to know about medicine!

Just as there are safe ways to store medications and medical supplies, there are also safe ways to dispose of them. Click the switch button below for some helpful tips.

Helpful suggestionsThings to avoid

Dispose of all needles and sharps in proper sharps containers. (*Ask your pharmacy about this.)

When handling patches, wear protective gloves to prevent accidental exposure. Fold the patch in half so that the adhesive side is stuck together. Dispose of it in a sharps container or other childproof and tamper-proof container.

Return all unused medications to your pharmacy for proper disposal.

Do not flush unused medicines or supplies down the toilet or throw them in the garbage.

Do not give unused medicines to others.

Don’t keep or return “loose” medications. If possible, return them in their original container or package.

Do not keep medications to be disposed in the same place as current medications in use.