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Prescription Drug Clean-out month in Ridley Park

With Eastlake cleanup on May 1, Spring May Fair week May 4-8 at Catania Field, and Ridley Park's famous Spring clean-out garage sale on Saturday May 8, RidleyParkOnline.com would like Borough Council to proclaim May as Prescription Drug Cleanup month in Ridley Park.

While medications have an important role in treating our aches, pains and diseases, there's very little instruction about what to do with the unused portions of our medicines. Some medications come with disposal directions when you picked up your prescription, but most don't and the results are medicine cabinets in Ridley Park bursting at the seams with old prescriptions. The biggest dangers with unused prescriptions are the medicines can be fatal to a child or pet, if taken accidentally, and they create a central focus in your house for drug-seeks.

For the most part, disposal by flushing is not recommended for the vast majority of medicines. You should not flush prescription drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.

To dispose of prescription drugs not labeled to be flushed, your prescribing physician may be able to
direct you to a community drug take‐back programs or a household hazardous waste collection event that collect drugs at a central location for proper disposal.

If a drug take‐back or collection program is not available, here's the FDA's guidelines for the proper disposal of prescription medications:

1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as used cooking oil, fresh cat litter, spoiled soup,
or used wet coffee grounds.
3. Put the mixture in a disposable container with a lid, like an empty margarine tub, or a sealable bag.
4. Remove all personal deails, including Rx number, on the empty containers by scratching it off.
5. Conceal the sealed container with the mixture in your trash.

This list below from the FDA tells you what unused or expired medicines you should flush down the sink or toilet to help prevent danger to people and pets in your home. Flushing these medicines will get rid of them right away and help keep your family and pets safe.

*Medicine - Active Ingredient
Actiq, oral transmucosal lozenge - Fentanyl Citrate
Avinza, capsules (extended release) - Morphine Sulfate
Daytrana, transdermal patch system - Methylphenidate
Demerol, tablets - Meperidine Hydrochloride
Demerol, oral solution - Meperidine Hydrochloride
Diastat/Diastat AcuDial, rectal gel - Diazepam
Dilaudid, tablets - Hydromorphone Hydrochloride
Dilaudid, oral liquid - Hydromorphone Hydrochloride
Dolophine Hydrochloride, tablets - Methadone Hydrochloride
Duragesic, patch (extended release) - Fentanyl
Embeda, capsules (extended release) - Morphine Sulfate; Naltrexone Hydrochloride
Exalgo, tablets (extended release) - Hydromorphone Hydrochloride
Fentora, tablets (buccal) - Fentanyl Citrate
Kadian, capsules (extended release) - Morphine Sulfate
Methadone Hydrochloride, oral solution - Methadone Hydrochloride
Methadose, tablets - Methadone Hydrochloride
Morphine Sulfate, tablets (immediate release) - Morphine Sulfate
Morphine Sulfate, oral solution - Morphine Sulfate
MS Contin, tablets (extended release) - Morphine Sulfate
Onsolis, soluble film (buccal) - Fentanyl Citrate
Opana, tablets (immediate release) - Oxymorphone Hydrochloride
Opana ER, tablets (extended release) - Oxymorphone Hydrochloride
Oramorph SR, tablets (sustained release) - Morphine Sulfate
Oxycontin, tablets (extended release) - Oxycodone Hydrochloride
Percocet, tablets - Acetaminophen; Oxycodone Hydrochloride
Percodan, tablets - Aspirin; Oxycodone Hydrochloride
Xyrem, oral solution - Sodium Oxybate
*These medicines have generic versions available or are only available in generic formulations.
List revised: March 2010, For information on drugs that should be flushed visit the FDA’s website.
For specific drug product labeling information, go to DailyMed or Drugs@FDA.

Let's make our Spring cleanup a community effort in more ways than one this year. Disposed of your unused prescription medications in May, the safe and responsible way.

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Comment by Rebecca Clemmer on April 25, 2010 at 6:06pm
Thanks so much for this useful information! Spring cleaning takes many different forms.

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