Curing the Medicine Cabinet

Curing the Medicine Cabinet

Mar 5, 2007

This month we're going to be curing our bathroom, and we're starting with the medicine cabinet.

The Fed finally got around to issuing guidelines on how to dispose of prescription drugs just about two weeks ago. They may seem overly cautious, but when you think about how lethal a single dose of an adult strength prescription could be to a small child or animal who comes across it in the garbage, it seems worthwhile to take the extra time to follow the guidelines, which are reprinted below the jump.

• Return unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs to pharmaceutical take-back locations that allow the public to bring unused drugs to a central location for safe disposal

• [If you can't find one near you,] take unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs out of their original containers

• Mix the prescription drugs with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter, and put them in impermeable, non-descript containers, such as empty cans or sealable bags, further ensuring that the drugs are not diverted or accidentally ingested by children or pets

• Throw these containers in the trash

• Flush prescription drugs down the toilet only if the accompanying patient information specifically instructs it is safe to do so

Not everyone agrees that these guidelines are the best for the environment. Here's a link to a posting that includes some discussion on that issue.

As for old vitamins, we've heard you can get great results from your houseplants by adding ground-up supplements to their water. Has anyone tried this?

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