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Old meds aren't safe: Here's how to dispose of them

We all have old, expired medications in our homes.

Some might have been bought at the store while others might have been prescriptions from your doctor. It can be hard to know what to do with these old drugs so many people just keep them shoved in a drawer or closet.

Using expired medications is never recommended. And keeping these bottles and pills in the home can be dangerous, especially if children are present. Lastly, some prescriptions could be abused by a friend or family member if they are found.

However, finding a safe way to dispose of them can be difficult. Flushing medications in the toilet is never a good idea. This can lead to contamination of our water and make people and animals ill. 

The good news is that April 29 is National Drug Take Back Day. Anyone can drop off any kind of medication (over-the-counter, prescription, or even controlled substances) at several sites around Wichita. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration officials will be collecting at three locations: Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; Household Hazardous Waste Center, 801 W. Stillwell; and Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton Ave.

If you can’t make it on this date there are several year-round options at McConnell Air Force Base, 57950 Leavenworth, Ste. 321; Walgreens, 3333 E. Central, and Walgreens, 555 N. Maize Rd.

About Amy Seery MD