I got this month’s issue of Real Simple in the mail over the weekend. Opened it last night and saw a small blurb about disposing of expired medication. It starts by stating that putting medicine down the drain, and therefore into the sewer system, is not a good idea. It damages the ecosystem and waterways. I couldn’t agree more.
Goes on to say that you should “mix most expired pills with coffee grounds, cat litter, or sawdust in a zippered plastic bag and throw it out with the garbage”. This poses a problem for me as I don’t have or use any of those items. I’m just being hypothetical here though, as I don’t have any pills to dispose of either.
Here’s where I get lost:
“Highly addictive drugs, such as Percocet and OxyContin… should be flushed, to eliminate any chance of accidental ingestion.”
Who is digging through coffee grounds, cat litter and/or sawdust to get illicit drugs? Is it wrong for me to think that if someone is going to all that effort, they should get a little “something something” for their efforts?