Medications

Vermont overs a Prescription Drug Disposal System. Access all the details here: http://www.healthvermont.gov/alcohol-drugs/services/prescription-drug-disposal

If there are no specific disposal instructions on the label, follow these simple steps to dispose of most medicines in the household trash:

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  1. Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
  2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag
  3. Throw the container in your household trash;
  4. Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.

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For proper management of specific medications: 

  • Head lice shampoo - bring this to our Household Hazardous Waste Collection Events.
  • Chemotherapy Drugs - return these to the pharmacy or cancer clinic.
  • Anti-neoplastic Medicine - return these to the pharmacy or cancer clinic.
  • Controlled Substances - return these to your local sherrif's office and look for National Take Back Days. Visit the FDA website for more information.

NOTE: Please do not flush unwanted medication down the drain. It may disrupt your septic system or the water treatment facility. Click here for more information.