Spring has sprung, so now is a perfect time to get some spring cleaning done by removing unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications from your medicine cabinets. There are several ways in the City of Orlando to properly dispose of medications instead of just flushing them down the drain.
Flushing unused, unwanted, and expired prescription medications down the toilet sounds harmless, but this method could be detrimental to human health and even the surrounding environment. The reason is that wastewater treatment plants are generally not equipped to properly remove pharmaceuticals from the waste stream. Where residents are connected to the city sewer, prescription and over-the-counter medications flushed down the toilet can pass through the treatment system and eventually into rivers, lakes, streams, and ground, possibly causing harm to the surrounding ecosystems.
By properly disposing of expired or unused prescription medications, the potential for misuse through accidentally taking the wrong medicine or incorrect strength of medicine can be avoided. Proper disposal also prevents accidental ingestion by children and pets. The City of Orlando Police Department offers the ability for residents to drop off unused, expired or unwanted medications at the main headquarters located at 1250 W South St. This drop off locations has a specially designed and secured kiosk where participants can drop off their medications; with no questions asked.
There are also community-based drug “Take-Back” programs available throughout all of Orange County. For more information, click here. Some authorized collection sites may also offer mail-back programs or collection receptacles/drop boxes for your convenience. In addition, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has collection facilities here in Orlando. For more information on these locations, please visit https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch/spring/main?execution=e1s2 . For more information about the Drug Take-Back initiatives in the City of Orlando please call 407-246-2657.