You may put medicine which is expired or no longer needed into the regular household trash.
Special disposal as household hazardous waste is not necessary.
Do not dispose of medicine by pouring it down the drain or into a toilet, unless the label or patient instructions specifically advise this.
The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that a very small list of extremely powerful narcotic pain relievers and other controlled substances should be disposed by flushing them down the toilet if these drugs cannot be disposed of through a drug take-back program. View current FDA list.
Some organizations accept unused medicine. The medicine they collect is then sent to clinics in other countries.
Check our "Use It Again" guide for medicine recycler listings. Montgomery County has compiled these listings through various sources and does not present them as a complete directory of all organizations or companies, nor offer them as an endorsement of any of the organizations.