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How Should I Dispose of My Drugs Safely?

Many people wonder how to properly dispose of their prescription drugs.  Never flush your prescription drugs down a toilet or place in the sink.  Just return your unused drugs to the pharmacy, or follow these simple instructions:

  • Keep the medicines in their original containers.  This will help identify the contents if they are accidentally ingested.
  • Cross our your name and prescription number for safety.
  • For pills:  add some salt water to start dissolving them.
  • For liquids:  add something inedible, like cat litter, dirt or ash.
  • Seal the container and secure with duct tape or packing tape.
  • Put the container in the trash as close to pickup time as possible.  Do NOT put in the recycling bin.

For further information, please consult the following publications:

4480 King Street
Alexandria, VA, 22302
703.746.4996
Fax: 703.746.4938
E-mail 

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed Thursday Mornings