Read an article on improving your wellness and chances are there will be one (or more) supplements or vitamins recommended as a boost to your health. Will they make a difference or not? Not a clue. I have a terrible time remembering to take pills on a regular basis (I can ignore a pill bottle sitting right in front of me), so I’ve started reminding myself to not buy supplements.
If you have a lot of vitamins and supplements that have expired, know that you are probably like me and aren’t very good about taking these things. Use this information to save yourself some money the next time you’re wandering down the vitamin aisle at the local pharmacy.
How to get rid of what has expired (or anything that you know you aren’t going to continue taking)? Look for a drug drop-off bin at your local police station or drug store … or, open the bottles and mix the pills in with coffee grounds or cat litter or something else on the disgusting spectrum before tossing them into the trash. Avoid flushing the pills down the toilet and introducing these materials to the water system.
Only if this doesn’t apply to you: Toss three things from your junk drawer.
It doesn’t matter whether the medication is a prescription or an over-the-counter drug, if it has expired, toss it. Chances are, it isn’t as potent as it was when it was still good.
Don’t flush meds down the toilet. You can go to many police stations or pharmacies and find a locked box for depositing medications that are expired or no longer necessary.
I remember my mother-in-law telling the story of taking some Benedryl when she realized she was having an allergic reaction and could feel her throat tightening. The pills didn’t work. She took some more. Later, after the crisis, she looked at the expiration date and realized the pills were a couple of years old.
Expired medications aren’t just clutter, but they may give you the false sense of security that you have the medications that will help you with an allergy, upset stomach or headache.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.