Tips for proper disposal of medication

Many of our province’s community pharmacies will allow you to return pharmaceuticals for safe disposal.

Accepted:

Any of the following items that are unused, expired, in questionable condition, or missing labels

  • All Prescription drugs
  • Over-the-counter medications, oral dosage
  • Natural health products, oral dosage

Not accepted

Please check with your pharmacist or household hazardous waste events for other products

  • Sharps, needles or syringes
  • Cosmetics
  • Empty pill bottles

Household trash

If your medication does not have any specific disposal instructions and there are no available take-back community pharmacy near you, you can dispose of them in your household trash:

  • Do not flush down the toilet.
  • Remove or scratch off any personal information on the label.
  • Do not crush tablets or capsules, instead mix your medications with an undesirable substance such as coffee grounds or cat litter. Place this mixture in a plastic, sealable bag or container.

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