Sewage water is routinely recycled into drinking water for human consumption. Most public filtration systems do not filter out these meds, and as tests already show, much of this water is tainted with a variety of medications from people doing what you suggest! Much better to put medications to be disposed of in a plastic bag, zip it shut, and place in garbage. (Don't bury them in your own yard either without bagging them!)
Do not do what you suggest, you'll have people in your trash looking for them. If a child got them a small portion could still have enough for them to od also. www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm300747.htm The FDA recommends that the adhesive part of the patch is folded together and flushed down the toilet. That's why we recommend that here. Here is the FDA site on it.
For most drugs, it is not recommended that you flush for the reason you suggest BUT fentanyl patches contain SO much powerful medication, even after they are worn, that any contact with them by a child, animal or opioid naive person can result in death. In this one case, it is safer to flush them than to put them in the trash where they can be found by pets, children and opioid naive people. So your way is NOT better. It is safer to fold them in sticky side to sticky side and flush them.
- Fentanyl Information for Consumers
- Fentanyl Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Fentanyl (detailed)
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