There are multiple ways to dispose of medications that are no longer needed/used.
Drug Take-Back Programs
There are multiple drug take-back programs that will accept your old/expired/unused medications. The DEA sponsors a take-back program nationally and locations can be found in communities nationwide. Additionally, many communities have their own take-back programs, including local drop-off sites at locations such as town centers. Please reach out to your local town hall for further information regarding local takeback programs.
Dispose of Medications at Home
With some preparation, the majority of (but not all) medications can able to be thrown into your household trash. Some may be better suited to flush down your household sink or toilet.
Household Trash: Drugs should be removed from their original containers and then mixed with used coffee grounds, dirt, or cat litter. Place this mixture in a closable container to prevent spillage. Then, it can be thrown out in the garbage. Be sure to remove all personal information from the original labeling when throwing the packaging away.
Sink/Toilet Flush: Always be sure to check the FDA's flush list prior to disposing of your medications in this manner. The complete FDA flush list can be found here.
Many local, brick-and-mortar pharmacies offer drug take-back programs. Please call your local pharmacy to check if they are participating and you can drop it off to your pharmacist once confirmed.