Hoarding of old and unwanted medicines can lead to the medicines becoming toxic or harming children if left lying around and leading to misuse and abuse. More than 300 tonnes of medicines are being inappropriately thrown out in Australia each year. The most common means of disposal, down the sink or toilet or in the bin, can all lead to poor environmental consequences.
The Return Unwanted Medicines (The RUM project) which operates from most pharmacies will accept unwanted or expired medicines without charge. Contact your local pharmacy for more information.
This page was last updated on: 02 October 2020