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68 Ways to Reuse Old Prescription Medicine Bottles
No, your physician should take the unwanted medications. Check with local law enforcement or the DEA.
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Hi, My local Walmart (in central Texas) carries pouches that you can put all the old meds in, seal it, and give it to them for destruction. I'm not sure, but I think they charge for this service.Thanks,Bonnie
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Antibiotics in particular have been detected in many rivers and streams, and in the fish that live there. Also Estrogen and the related hormones used in birth control pills. As far as multivitamins in landfills, the zinc, chromium, copper, manganese from one small electronic appliance may be equal to thousands of full bottles of multivitamins.First thing is, don't flush any pills, just about anywhere has household hazardous waste disposal options, which should specifically handle meds, pesticides, paint, used oil, batteries, etc. If you can't find it, keep looking, they are usually handled by the county or city.
This is what is recommended-I am a pharmacist and most pharmacies DO NOT take back unused medication for disposal. If they don't want to mix with kitty litter or coffee grounds I recommend to my patients that they check with their local police department or water treatment plant. They usually advertise a drug take-back day and incinerate the meds collected. This gets expired meds out of people's medicine cabinets and cuts down on children/teens taking them and experimenting with them. There are some exceptions so it's always good to check first.
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I totally understand now & I'm sorry I didn't realize sooner.. To make things easier I've added a photo you REALLY should use as your Avatar so others won't spend as much time trying to explain something to you..
Where does it say anywhere in the scientifically FACT riddled post that I was speaking of the "residuals" from a multi-vitamin bottle? In case you do not know the meaning of the word "res·i·due- a small amount of something that remains after the main part has gone or been taken or used." I was speaking of a bottle of multi-vitamins being discarded not empty bottles being rinsed of any RESIDUALS that may be left behind.. Also I NEVER said that multi-vitamins, being just residuals or a whole bottle being discarded were the greatest source of contamination.. One of the biggest contamination sources to our lands & waterways come from uninformed people like yourself sir who don't take the time to obtain the knowledge on a subject before they go spewing their ill-informed propaganda on a site to where they've brought NOTHING to the table except the ability to pursue an argument knowing they have zero chance of winning.. I think I will work on an Instructable to fix stupid but as the old adage goes Ya can't fix stupid.. Drops Mic.. Exists stage.. - Dr Frugal
The pity amount? Lol so are you feeling sorry for the multi-vitamins? I believe the word you didn't know how to spell is like most of your comments petty - Dr Frugal
Dr. Frugal, this is a literal quote from you: "As for an "environmental impact" of a pill they can indeed have an effect on the environment but it's usually not a prescribed medication that'll be harmful to the enviroment it's the ones you'd think less likely to have an impact on our lands & waterways.. Multivitamins are the meds that can cause damage & should desposed of properly due to the high rates of potassium, zinc, chromium, copper & manganese among other ingredients that will have an adverse affect on the environment.." Couple of misspellings there, but I won't be so petty! Per chance, have you been imbibing some of your effluent from one of your holding ponds? - Frank Mosher
Here is an alternative.....http://www.malawiproject.org/alternative-sites-for-empty-prescription-containers/
I just reread your initial posting, again, where you claim absolutely, that multi-vitamin residue from empty bottles, is a far greater threat to wastewater than Rx residues from Rx bottles. This is simply hog wash. (Whoops, another bio-solid) The amount of heavy metals in multi-vitamin bottles is miniscule, compared to what is contained in treated tap water, i.e chlorine, fluoride, and zinc in particular if you live near Flint, Mi. Then there is radium naturally occurring in water, and zink, iron, sulphur, cadmium and on and on. To single out multi-vitamin container residue as the greatest source of bio-solid land contamination, is just too silly to discuss.
I never said it was alright to flush multivitamins or ANY type of prescription pills & I do indeed know what I speak of sir & if you would've taken the time to thoroughly read what I'd wrote you would see I was writing about the dangers of multivitamins being applied to land & furthermore a majority of pollutants in our waterways come from non-point pollution (Google it) & not from industries who ultimately get the blame do to the fact they are considered a point pollution.. Also just an FYI multivitamins aren't a prescription because you can buy them over the counter.. (If I am wrong don't blame me blame NCSU, the EPA & the NCDENR for they are the ones that taught the classes)
I have bottles that are large enough to fit Q tips in. I cut a hole in the top to let a Q tip out and I can place them in the drug bottle and shake one out and not contiminate the others.
Also, you can make a bug retardant lens for your flashlight. The orange color doesn't attract all the bugs that are attracted to pure white light. Cut out the cylindrical part, slice it longways and use a hot air gun to make it relax. Flatten it onto parchment paper. A shiny metal surface also works nice. I used an old heated photo dryer to get a smooth surface on some of them. Then cut out the flattened pill bottle side to match your flashlight. Figure out a way to hold it in place like electrical tape or large diameter heat shrink tubing. Heat shrink tubing was shrunken with the lens while mounted on the flashlight. Don't shrink too far or it will be permanent-ish. Done right, it permits slipping on and off with a friction fit. - magicdust
Some labels can be removed more easily by heating with a hair dryer and peeling them off. - jrfrank
Nice idea! That would work great. Do you think cord glued to the outside of the bottle would hold? - magicdust
I use them for storing dried ground up herbs from my garden - cowcrusher
I can't believe what you just wrote on this blog! Multivitamins and heavy metals, with all due respect, "you know not of you speak"! There have been a couple of studies reported already, of fish contamination with RX drugs being flushed down the toilet, not the pity amount of heavy metals in multivitamins! There are more heavy metals in the water, than in a multivitamin! - Frank Mosher
They are great as a water storage if you are painting away from home. I also keep one on my creative station to drop stray art items such as gems, beads, rivets, etc. - gossamer_wings
I seen"?????? C'mon, you mean either "I saw" or "I have seen", but never "I seen"! Not being picky, but you loose your "DR." status and credibility when you speak like that. - Frank Mosher
This whole time I've been using old baby food jars. If only I had of known... - hortond2000
I seen someone respond to your response to my OP & they are correct you do not submerse it in the water.. You pour the water in the bottle & let it sit.. As I said I personally prefer it to be closer to a boil yet not hot enough to melt the bottle & let them sit.. The hairdryer does work but it's not as foolproof as the method I posted.. Work smart not hard..!Believe me this isn't my first rodeo with reusing pill bottles.. I was reusing pill bottles before reusing pill bottles was the in thing to do..! - Dr Frugal
Oh, well, LOL. I just hire some neighborhood kids @25 cents per dozen bottles while I have a beer! LOL, LOL, LOL !! - Jerry99
Interesting ideas. However I would be a little cautious about the storage ideas for children toys. If a child accidently get hold of a container full of medication similar to one already used for their toys, there is more risk that it will be opened to play with the "toy". I once saw something similar where a mother repurposed a trigger squeeze bottle that used to contain cleaning products, with water. Fun at the time but eventually backfired. - td10
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