1000 Flowers for the Planet - #566 Take Unused Meds Back to the Pharmacy
There was a time when we were told to flush unused medications down the toilet so they could not be misused or taken after the use-by date, and to keep them away from children. The reasons for disposing of unused medications haven’t changed – we still want to make sure they can’t be accessed by children and no one should take medication past its end date or inappropriately. Today, the best way to remove unused, expired and unwanted medications from your household is to return them to a pharmacy where they will be disposed of correctly. Flushing them down the toilet means putting chemicals into our water system. The same result occurs when they are tossed into landfill – rain or running water will wash through the landfill and take chemicals further into the environment, where they affect everything. All it takes is a small action from us to help heal the planet.