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How to Dispose Old Medicine

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- If you're looking to get rid of old or unwanted medicine, health experts are urging you to mix it with things like coffee grounds and kitty litter. 

They say it's safer than the alternative, which for years has been pouring them down the drain or tossing them in the trash.

The Benton Franklin Health District says recent water tests show trace amounts of the medicine.  They also say kids might find the medicine and eat it.

The idea for kitty litter is rather simple; health leaders say it takes away the appeal of eating something foreign.

The average shelf life for medicine is around a year, and while it can overtime dilute the potency, it poses a serious risk because everyone reacts differently to medicine.

It is important to note there are a dozen or so medications the health district recommends flushing down the drain. They are: Actiq, Daytrana Transdermal Patch, Duragesic Transdermal System, OxyContin Tablets, Avinza Capsules, Baraclude Tablets, Reyataz Capsules, Tequin Tablets, Zerit for Oral Solution, Meperidine HCI Tablets, Percocet, Xyrem, and Fentora.