How to Properly Dispose of Unwanted Medications
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Reisinger, Alexander Joseph. 2020. “How to Properly Dispose of Unwanted Medications: SL467/SS680, 3/2020”. EDIS 2020 (2).


Properly disposing of expired or unused medications can help reduce the prevalence of prescription drug abuse in Florida. It also helps prevent accidental ingestion by children or pets, helps prevent accidentally taking the wrong medication, and prevents medications from entering water sources. This new 3-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Soil and Water Sciences provides some dos and don’ts for disposing of your medications. Written by Alexander J. Reisinger.
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United States Environmental Protection Agency. 2011. How to Dispose of Medicines Properly. Report from the Office of Water, EPA 816-F-11-003. Accessed at on 7 May 2018.

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