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    I have a lot of unused narcotics hanging around the house. I don't want to have them around, especially since it is not safe for me when depression hits hardest. I dont want to flush them into the water supply, and there is too much to do that with anyway. How can I get rid of them safely without worrying that someone will get hold of them, poisoning themselves or maybe a hapless animal getting into the garbage?
    Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

  • #2
    Take them to your Pharmacy they will get rid of them.

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    • #3
      Ok, but I'm completely untrusting and will take the meat mallet to them first just to be sure that they are not going to be resold.
      Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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      • #4
        I'd think sending them down a sink disposal would be fine, or just down a sink with plenty of water to flush them through the pipes. Or flushed down a toilet. I know you don't like the idea of them ending up in the water supply but it would be just a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the chemicals that end up there through people's urine.

        Another idea might be to drop them in an empty milk jug, collapsing the jug, putting the cap back on, and throwing it in the trash. It should say closed up long enough to make it to a landfill where it will be buried.

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        • #5
          Actually, drugs in the water supply is a problem. We can't do anything about the ones in our output, but it has been a topic of concern in my area. It was on the news awhile back that the drugs were causing problems with wildlife because they can't all be cleared out through our sewer processing systems.

          In Salt Lake City we have secure drop boxes and the media spent some time educating us about NOT flushing old unneeded drugs. The drugs from the boxes are incinerated by the police along with obsolete evidence. I live in the burbs, and some of the neighbors and I all cleaned out our medicine cabinets and sent a ziplock baggie with assorted pills in it to our local police for incineration. We had one of the older ladies in our neighborhood take them in--a lot of pills and no questions asked.

          My local pharmacy told me to flush them--and that was after the drop boxes and info was on the news! Also, I have heard you can mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter and then put them in the garbage.

          Hope this helps and kudos on making a good move in a prudent fashion!
          T-4 complete since 1973

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          • #6
            Actually, I talked to the local volunteers in medicine clinic today. They are happy to take them since they are all within the expiration dates. They can use them to help their indigent patients, and I know that they will not be wasted.

            That makes me happy.
            Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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            • #7
              FYI Safeway pharmacy recycles unused meds.
              Embrace uncertainty. Hard problems rarely have easy solutions. Jonah Lehrer

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              • #8
                Yes they do. But I hate letting them make a profit twice.
                Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by leschinsky
                  FYI Safeway pharmacy recycles unused meds.
                  WOW!!! Are you serious? I never knew that a) this was being done and b) that the FDA would even allow it. I agree with skippy, I wouldn't want them to get profits twice on an already gauged up product.

                  "I know you don't like the idea of them ending up in the water supply but it would be just a tiny drop in the bucket compared to the chemicals that end up there through people's urine."

                  Thank you also Zero for this bit of info.

                  p.s. can someone tell me how to quote two different lines from two different posts?

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                  • #10
                    cara

                    Sure, drugs are recycled sometimes. So are some braces at the orthodontists office. You should always ask.

                    I cant flush them. There are a LOT of them. I could get my whole town high. Lol. Morphine, Oxy....
                    Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cara_m

                      p.s. can someone tell me how to quote two different lines from two different posts?
                      I use a my wordprocessor program, quote on, paste it into word, quote the next, paste it in, finish my reply, then cut and paste back here. It helps with the possibility of losing the response before I am done typine too.

                      Originally posted by leschinsky
                      FYI Safeway pharmacy recycles unused meds.
                      By recycle, do you mean they actually reissue them or simply disposes them for you? I would worry about the quality control, they have no way of knowing how they were stored, or if the date on the bottle is accurate.
                      T7-8 since Feb 2005

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                      • #12
                        They don't resell the drugs they dispose them but safely.
                        Embrace uncertainty. Hard problems rarely have easy solutions. Jonah Lehrer

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by leschinsky
                          They don't resell the drugs they dispose them but safely.
                          I'm sure glad you qualified that. I thought it was pretty odd that something like recycling drugs for later use would be allowed.

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                          • #14
                            I hate to tell you but drugs ARE being recycled. Some of the bigger chain pharmacies do it. They ARE being reissued. It was a story on the news just a few days ago.
                            Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                            • #15
                              There is a lot of controversy. Most people still do recommend flushing them but that will likely change. The entire situation has caught many people off guard, our water systems were not designed for this and I dont know if anyone has a great solution. Even if you crush up with litter or coffee it is still going to be put back in the environment one way or the other.

                              Also depending where you are, many pharmacies will not accept narcotics. In my state pharmacists cannot dispose of these until it is witnessed by a rep from the board of pharmacists. (A very sore spot since nurses are allowed to waste narcotics with another nurse as a witness.)

                              There were supposed to be some new guidelines about a month ago but I havent read them.

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