Drug Take Back Day: Safe Disposal of Unneeded and Expired Medications

Flush them, mix them with coffee grounds, just throw them out – – what ARE we supposed to do with medications that are expired or we just don’t need any more?

Disposing of old prescription drugs improperly can be, as we have learned of late, hazardous to the environment. Keeping drugs that are no longer being used increases the risk a child will get into something and be poisoned or that someone will take the drugs to sell, which is unfortunately a growing problem.

If we shouldn’t throw them out or keep them, what DO we do with unneeded and expired medications?

That question is the topic of our feature segment in this episode of the Senior Care Corner Show.

Drug Take Back Day

The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers a safe and easy way to get rid of prescription medications, National Drug Take Back Day. The event has seen more than 1,000 tons of prescription medication collected in past years.

Dr. Carmen CatizoneWe heard about Drug Take-Back Day from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), an organization that works to protect public health. Wanting to learn more – and to help you learn more as well – we were fortunate to arrange a conversation with Dr. Carmen Catizone (pictured to the right), who is the NABP Executive Director. That conversation is the feature segment of this episode of the Senior Care Corner Show.

Dr. Catizone explained to us about Drug Take Back Day and why it’s so important, especially to seniors and their family caregivers. He also gave us some great information about safe drug disposal for those who don’t have a take-back location nearby.

We got some help from Dr. Catizone on another question we’ve received of late, whether disposal of the prescription bottle itself should be a concern. To hear what he has to say, listen to the show by clicking on the player above or download it to play later.

News Items in This Episode

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  • More Dietary Fiber May Help Thwart Strokes

Links Mentioned in This Episode

We hope you find this episode of the Senior Care Corner Show to be as important and informative as we did when we put it together. We especially thank Dr. Catizone for joining us.

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Podcast Transcript – so you can follow along or read at your convenience