Proper medication disposal


How to get rid of pharmaceutical waste

Fairview cares about you and the environment. By properly disposing of your pharmaceutical waste, should you have extra, you can help protect our environment.

Medicines that are flushed down the drain or end up in our trash, can lead to groundwater pollution which harms our ecosystems. 

Properly dispose of unwanted or outdated items 
The best waste prevention strategy is to minimize waste at the source. Follow prescriptions as recommended by your doctor and be sure to purchase proper quantities.

Pharmaceutical take-back programs
Many counties now offer pharmaceutical take-back programs for unused and expired prescription medicines. Visit your county website to discover opportunities in your area. 

For outstate areas not listed, check with your local law enforcement for more information. If there are no take-back programs in your area, practice these environmentally preferred alternative disposal methods

Needles and syringes
Visit your county website listed above to check for a program to safely dispose of needles, syringes and lancets in your area. If no opportunities are available, refer to the Safe Disposal Options for Needles and Syringes guide for proper waste disposal information.

Mercury thermometers and other household hazardous wastes
 If you happen to find a mercury thermometer while checking your cabinets for old medicines, contact your local household hazardous waste (HHW) collection site for proper disposal. 

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