Medication Disposal Website
The problems that occur when unwanted medicines are disposed of are becoming
a new concern for the environment. These problems may also affect public health.
Your medicine cabinet may overflow as a few extra pills from a prescription or
as a medicine that didn't work for you add up. But it doesn't matter why your
bathroom cabinet is filled with unused drugs. What does matter is how you dispose
Why is proper disposal needed?
- Environmental Impact
- When unused medicine is not properly disposed of, it
breaks down in our drinking water supply, surface water,
and soil. At that point, it might harm wildlife and humans.
These breakdown products in our water and soil may lead to
problems no one meant to happen.
- Accidental Ingestion (children and elderly)
- Someone can eat or drink your unused medicine and be poisoned
- Illegal use or theft
- Family, friends, workers in homes, and burglars can misuse your medicine
- Medicine you don't need can pile up on and be a waste of health care money
- Often patients are prescribed extra supplies of pills, skip pills, or receive the wrong medicine
Although there are no standard guidelines for disposing of medicine,
the links at the top provide guidelines to either dispose
of or store medicine to prevent further health concerns.
Please note: Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do
not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request,
do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by
phone or in writing.
For more details on proper disposal of medicine, please email us.