I have some Vicodin left from mid-2001 when I broke my leg, well I now broke my collar bone, and have been prescribed Vicodin once again. I didn't have a chance to pick up the prescription yet, so I was wondering what the deal with "Discard after" dates are? What exactly happens to these pills after this date (the date on mine is 3-21-01). Is it ok to take these, they have been stored in the same place, in the bottle, at room temperature, for pretty much the whole time..