In today’s economy each and every person takes medicines in the form of tablets, syrups etc. But most of the people don’t take care or follow any methods while disposing the medicines. If you are really concerned about the environment it is better to follow few methods while disposing medicines. If your medicines are either expired or not used by any person in the family it is better to discard the medicines as soon as possible. In few cases the expired medicines become toxic. Taking an expired antibiotic Tetracycline causes serious kidney problems. Few steps to follow while disposing medicines are don’t flush the expired or unused medicines. Earlier the consumers were advised to flush the medicines. But according to today’s environmental studies few medicines should not be flushed because the medicines that contain certain antibiotics and hormones pollute the ground water. Here are the few medicines which can be flushed are as follows Abstral (tablets-sublingual), Actiq (oral transmucosal lozenge), Avinza (Capsules), Buprenorphine Hydrochloride (tablets-sublingual), Buprenorphine Hydrochloride; Naloxone Hydrochloride (tablets-sublingual), Butrans (transdermal patch system), Daytrana (transdermal patch system), Demerol (tablets, oral solution), Dolophine hydrochloride (tablets), Duragesic, Embeda (capsules), Exalgo (tablets), Fentora (tablets), Kadian (Capsules), Methadone Hydrochloride (oral solution), Methadose (oral solution, tablets), Morphine Sulfate (tablets, oral solution), MS Contin (tablets), Nucynta ER (tablets), Onsolis (soluble film), Opana (tablets), Opana ER (tablets), Oxecta (tablets), Oxycodone Hydrochloride (capsules, oral solution), Oxycontin (tablets), Percocet (tablets), Percodan (tablets), Suboxone (film), Xyrem (oral solution), Zubsolv (tablets-sublingual). The medicines which can’t be flushed before throwing them in to the trash mix the pills with the undesirable substances like used coffee grounds. This will cause less harm. If the pills are large crush them and the mix with the other substances. After this add place the mixture in the plastic bag and throw into the trash which is an extra level of protection. Before throwing the medicine container, remove the label on it so that no one can read it. Read the instruction on the inhalers before throwing them because inhalers are generally used by people who have asthma and other breathing problems. These inhalers have chlorofluorocarbons which damages the ozone layer. So while purchasing the inhalers check whether they are environmentally friendly inhalers or not. There are few organizations which can be found online. They help you to donate your unused medicines which are not expired to the third world countries. Proper disposal of drugs prevents poisoning of children and pets.
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