What happens to discarded prescription medication?



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    Prescription drugs that are flushed down the toilet eventually make their way into our water system, and can pose harmful threats to marine life. Additionally, drugs thrown in the trash can end up in landfill and eventually in our soil. (The Food and Drug Administration has determined that the trace amounts found in drinking water do not adversely affect human health.) The recommended form of disposal is to throw prescription medicines in the trash, after removing them from their original containers and placing in a well-sealed bag. The FDA also recommends crushing pills and mixing them with coffee grounds or kitty litter to dissuade pets and children from ingesting them. If unsure how to dispose of your medication, take them to the nearest pharmacy. Unused drugs are then taken to hazardous waste disposal sites for disposal.

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