Specialty Pharmacy

Disposing of Your Medications and Supplies

How to dispose of your unused medications

If you need to dispose of unused medications, our staff will assist you in finding out dates and locations of prescription medication “Take-Back Programs.” Or the unused medications can be mixed into cat litter or used coffee grounds. Then place them in a sealed container. The sealed container can them be thrown out in your household trash.

How to Dispose of Chemotherapy or Hazardous Drugs

  • DO NOT throw chemotherapy or hazardous drugs in the trash or flush it down the toilet.
  • Find more information at Epa.ohio.gov/defa/Resource

How to Dispose of Home-Generated Biomedical Waste

This is any type of syringe, lancet or needle used in the home to inject medication or draw blood. Special care needs to be taken with the disposal of these items. This is to protect you and others from injury, and to keep the environment safe and clean. If your therapy involves the use of needles, we will give you a sharps container.

Needle-Stick Safety

  • Do not use a needle more than once.
  • Never put the cap back on a needle once removed.
  • Throw away used needles immediately after use in a sharps disposal container.
  • Plan for safe handling and disposal before use.
  • Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Report any needle sticks or sharps-related injuries to your physician.

Sharps Containers

After using your injectable medication, place all needles, syringes, lancets, and other sharp objects into a sharps container. Do not place sharp objects, such as needles or syringes, into the trash unless they are in a sharps container. Do not flush them down the toilet. If a sharps container is not available, you can use a hard plastic or metal container with a screw-on top or other tightly securable lid. For example, you could use an empty hard can or liquid detergent container.

Disposal of Sharps

Check with your local waste management collection service or public health department to check disposal procedures for sharps containers in your area. You can also visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Safe Community Needle Disposal
website at cdc.gov/needledisposal.

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