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Pill Crush Wednesday

pillcrush So what happens to all those discontinued medications at a residential facility?

 

How much does an ALF have to dispose of in a month?  Hint — The photo in this post is a month’s worth for an 80-bed facility.
Here are your options for disposing of discontinued medications safely:   

  • Ask pharmacies to take them and dispose
  • Dispose yourself properly so be careful, as we don’t want them getting in our aquafer
  • Check with your local fire station, as many will take them and dispose of properly.
  • See if your local homeless shelters or other charities may be able to use the  discontinued medications. For patient privacy, be sure that the patient’s info is removed (name and address) but do leave the medication’s name, dose of the med, date and other necessary info.