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Safe Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

How can i dispose of medicines safely?


The best way to dispose of medicines that are no longer needed is to return them to your local pharmacy.

This is a completely free service to you and available at every pharmacy.  The disposed medicines are collected from the pharmacy and incinerated regularly by a specialist NHS service.

Try to return the unwanted medicines in their original packages when possible as some medicines may need special handling and always be sure to disclose whether there is any sharp or controlled medication.

Never dispose of medicines down the sink or toilet because it will become a hazard to the environment and water supply.  Antibiotics disposed of this way don’t help the battle against resistance too.

If in doubt, please ask the pharmacist, who will be able to give you the right advice.