Dear Lucy: Your reply to Waste Not Want Not’s question about medication expiration dates was admirably clear and helpful. Would you please answer a follow-up?
I’ve had trouble locating ways to properly dispose of expired and unneeded medications. Some pharmacies sell little bags for this purpose that can be mailed somewhere. And I’ve heard that some police stations will take expired meds. But since we consumers and MIT pay so much for the meds in the first place, shouldn’t MIT Medical be making it easier for us to do the right thing? Perhaps a drop-off at the MIT Pharmacy? Or maybe the pharmacy can make arrangements with drug distributors? Thanks. —It’s Not Easy Being Green
Dear Lucy: How accurate are prescription medicine expiration dates? What about over-the-counter medicines like cold medication? Should you throw all medicine away after the expiration date on the container? —Waste Not Want Not