For several years I have been saving extra prescription medication in a box; I did this because my doctors were constantly changing my prescriptions, I hate wasting things, especially expensive pills, and I kept thinking I might go back on one of them. Eventually I realized that situations in which I needed the old pills were never coming up, but I kept saving them out of habit. Now I know that not only are the old prescriptions rarely useful, most of the drugs get discontinued in favor of better ones and the old pills break down in storage and become ineffective. The waste involved in this appalls me; I have a two months supply bottle of sleeping pills that my insurance paid three hundred dollars for and which I used for one week before I found the side effects unbearable. I am sure this sort of waste is a big part of the current health care crisis.
At any rate, at this point I now have about twenty pounds of expired prescription drugs in a big box in my bedroom. I really want to get rid of them, but I am unsure if just dumping it all in the trash is safe. Is there a proper way of disposing of expired drugs?