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How to Dispose of Unwanted Medications

Please don't flush your medicines down the toilet or down the drain. Use a disposal site or collection event when available, or dispose of old medications in the trash.

We can reduce the amount of these substances by properly disposing of unwanted medications. Expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from households are typically disposed of by flushing them down the toilet or a drain. Although this method of disposal prevents immediate accidental ingestion, it can cause contamination in our aquatic environment because wastewater treatment systems, including septic tanks, are not designed to remove many of these medications.

For more information please click on one of the following links:

Disposal of Unwanted Medication Instructions. (en Español)

Listing of Disposal Sites and Events

Florida Department of Environmental Protection


Last updated: 3/31/2015 8:51:41 AM