Disposal of Unwanted Medications, Sharps and Inhalers
Safe disposal of unwanted medications is important for the health of our families, our community, and our environment. It is important to keep these substances out of our water. Even going through the water treatment facility, there may be amounts of the medication that make it into our waterways. Flushing these medications down the toilet is not a good option. There are several options for safe disposal in Clark County.
Prescription drugs are divided into two categories: controlled and non-controlled substances.
Controlled substances come under the authority of the Drug Enforcement Administration and may include illegal drugs or prescription medications such as pain killers and tranquilizers.
Non-controlled substances include over-the-counter drugs as well as prescription medications that are not regulated by the Controlled Substances Act. Your pharmacist or doctor can tell you which category a medication falls into. Proper disposal is different depending upon which type of medication you have.