We all know (should know) that you are supposed to clean out your medicine cabinet every so often and get rid of expired things. In our case it is a medicine container in the pantry. So I went through it recently and I have a bag full of medicines to throw away. I have some pills that are hormone type pills from trying to make our adorable little Alligator.
Since I'm trying to be more green, I know that I didn't want to just throw them away and let them rot in a landfill and seep into our soil and water system. So what to do with them?
I had a funny conversation with my mom about this recently. I asked her what to do with them.
Mom said: "Oh, just put them in some old coffee grounds and throw them away"
Me: "Mom, that doens't mean that they aren't going into the soil and water system eventually"
Mom: "The water is treated for that stuff"
Me: "Um, not really, and why make them put more chemicals in our water?"
Mom: huffing, "Fine, green weirdo, do what you want" (or I think she said something huffy like that in a 'do what you want' kind of way)
So here is what you CAN do about old pills. I stole this post idea from The Eco Friendly Family Blog where she wrote about the National Take-Back Initiative that the DEA is doing.
Here are some details about this Take-Back program from the DEA site:
You can find your closest turn in location here. The turn in times are from 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 25th (tomorrow). I've been told some cities have turn in a few times a year. Every pharmacist I asked what to do with my pills didn't know about it and told me to bring them to a hazordous waste collection facilty - sounds difficult right? I'm going to turn my stuff in tomorrow. =)