Pharmaceuticals

When leftover or expired drugs are thrown in the trash, in the toilet, or down the drain, they end up in landfills, sewage systems, or wastewater treatment facilities that are not equipped to remove them. From there, they enter our waterways, where they threaten wildlife and the quality of our drinking water. When stored in the home long term, they can fall into the wrong hands – leading to drug abuse, misuse, or accidental poisonings and contributing to the prescription drug abuse epidemic. In fact, seven out of 10 people who abuse prescription drugs get them from friends and family, often from medicine cabinets.

Drug “take-back” programs that let people conveniently drop off unused drugs for safe disposal are a key strategy to help prevent these problems. See below for resources on how to dispose of your old meds in Missouri and materials to help promote drug take-back programs.

Resources: How to Dispose of Leftover Medications


Fact Sheet: Got Leftover Medicine? A Resource for Missouri

Social Media Resources: Promoting Proper Disposal


The resources below can be downloaded and used to promote proper disposal of medications via social media. These materials include social media graphics, a video, and recommended social media content language.

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Suggested Social Media Language

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