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Keeping unused prescription drugs in your house isn’t a good idea. In fact, it can be dangerous.
One big problem with keeping old bottles of prescription medication around is that the drugs could end up in the wrong hands — curious teens or even little kids, for example.
There are a couple of ways to get rid of old medication. First, on April 27, 2019 it’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. During this event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, you can bring in any unwanted prescription medication to a disposal site near you.
Edward-Elmhurst Health provides safe medication disposal kiosks inside Edward Hospital and Elmhurst Hospital. You can also search for a site near you on the DEA website, or check this list of local disposal sites.
Before you bring your medication to a site, check our list of dos and don’ts:
You can also dispose of unwanted prescription drugs yourself. The Food and Drug Administration suggests throwing drugs in the trash, including prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in pills, liquids, drops, patches, creams, and inhalers— provided you follow these steps:
If you’re struggling with addiction or are having trouble controlling your use of painkillers, please call Linden Oaks Behavioral Health at 630-305-5027.
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