Be antibiotic smart: Antibiotic abuse and resistance

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  1. Avatar Anonymous says:

    How is the client taught to safely discard leftover antibiotics when a prescription course is completed. Should it be put in the general waste bin in used in the house?

  2. The ideal thing is to return the medication to a pharmacist or drug take back site for disposal. If this proves difficult, the recommendation is:
    1. Mix medicines (liquid or pills; do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unappealing substance such as dirt, cat litter, or used coffee grounds;
    2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag;
    3. Throw away the container in your trash at home; and
    4. Clear all personal information on the prescription label of empty medicine bottles or medicine packaging, then trash or recycle the empty bottle or packaging.

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