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Is it okay to flush medications down the toilet?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) website maintains a list of some of the medications that should be flushed down the toilet.

These medications are especially dangerous to humans and pets. One dose could cause death if taken by someone other than the person for whom it was prescribed.

Flushing these medications avoids any chance that children or pets would ingest them accidentally.

According to the FDA, any possible risk to people and the environment from flushing these few medications is small. The FDA maintains that the risk is outweighed by the possibility of someone accidentally ingesting these medications, which could be life threatening.

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