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Medications

pharmaceuticals, pills
Medications
What do you do with your unused or expired medications?  If you are like 45% of Capital Region residents you toss them in the garbage or down the drain.  It turns out that's not such a good idea.  Why? Because medication that goes down the drain ends up in the ocean or in your septic system, where it can have a negative effect on the marine environment and groundwater.

Reduce | Reuse | Recycle | Facilities

How do I go green?

Reduce

Minimize your need for medications by staying as healthy as possible with daily exercise, a healthy diet and a good stress management plan.  Antibiotics are one of the medications that are still being requested and prescribed far more than necessary.  Antibiotics are designed to work on bacteria, not viruses, so if you have a cold or the flu, antibiotics won’t help you.  Antibiotic overuse can also weaken our immune systems, harm marine and freshwater life once we eliminate them from our bodies and result in antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Reuse

Medications should not be used after they have expired or shared with anyone they were not prescribed to.

Recycle

It's easy to safely dispose of your expired or unused medications.
Simply take your medications free of charge to one of the many pharmacies that are participating in the  Medication Return Program .
 Find a participating pharmacy near you
Accepted: All prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs, herbal products, mineral supplements, vitamin supplements and throat lozenges.
Not Accepted: Sharps, needles or syringes, cosmetics, hard surface and toilet disinfectant cleaners, contact lens disinfectants, antidandruff/shampoo products, antiperspirants, antiseptic skin cleaners, medicated skin care products, sunburn protectants, mouthwash and pharmaceuticals from farm and institutes.

Facilities

  • London Drugs

    All locations in the capital region

  • The Environmental Story

    Medications in household garbage are not only easily accessible to children, pets and wildlife, but once they reach the landfill; they can enter the leachate collection system and eventually wind up in the marine environment.

    When medications are poured down the drain or eliminated from our bodies some of them are effectively removed or broken down by sewage (including septic) treatment; other medications can pass through treatment and enter the environment unchanged.  Medications are especially problematic for septic systems because they can harm the beneficial bacteria and microorganisms necessary for proper sewage treatment.  Although much of the potential impact of pharmaceuticals in the environment is unknown, the best way to minimize the possible effects is to dispose of unused or expired medications at a local MRP-participating pharmacy.

    Go to Medications Return Campaign for more details.