State launches program for proper disposal of prescription drugs

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – Unused or expired prescription medication in your home can be dangerous for a number of reasons, and in most cases you can't just throw them out or flush them down the toilet. State and federal officials have announced a program to help people properly dispose of unneeded and expired drugs. A number of drop-off events are scheduled statewide over the next several weeks.

The program is free, anonymous and no questions asked. All types of tablets capsules and solid medications will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted. All medications received will be incinerated according to environmental guidelines.

Having expired and unused medications increases the risk of prescription drug abuse. In homes with elderly family members and children, the risk of accidental overdosing and accidental poisoning also goes up when unneeded medications are present.

Unused medication shouldn't be thrown into the trash because it increases the risk of the drugs being used inappropriately. Flushing drugs down the toilet can lead to contamination of the water table and poses a threat to aquatic life.

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