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Donating medication???

PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:36 pm
by Moonracer
Does anyone know where to donate medicines? My mom recently passed away and she has several nearly full bottles. It seems a shame to just get rid of them.

I know not to dump them in the trash or toilet, but I was hoping someone could actually use them. Don't want to break any laws (none of this is narcotics), but they might be useful to someone else.

Any ideas?

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 1:41 pm
by Tituba
You don't want to do that because you have no way of knowing how that medication would affect the person you gave it to. If something did happen, you would be held liable (maybe even criminally responsible). Give it to the doctor's office for disposal.

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:08 pm
by mango
I'm sorry for your loss, Moonracer.

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:28 pm
by Moonracer
Thank you, mango.

Tituba, you could be right, but I was hoping there was some charity that accepted/distributed them.

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 6:39 am
by mango
You might check with low/no-cost clinics in your area?

I know that I deal with animals, and a lot of things are different, but the local emergency veterinary clinic happily takes left-over medication to use for patients whose owners are financially strapped and/or pets with no owners that are receiving treatment anyway.

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 7:04 am
by Tituba
local emergency veterinary clinic happily takes left-over medication


Not the vets here. When my cat died, I tried to give back a full bottle of thyroid medicine and the vet told me that by state law, they don't take back medication.

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:01 am
by Unity1
Can it be sent overseas? Sure I've heard of that.

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2012 9:53 am
by Tituba
While good intentioned, you have no way of knowing the effect medication will have to another person and if you do give/sell it, you may be harming someone else.

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 2:07 pm
by Moonracer
I know from experience that animal shelters will accept leftover medications for pets and even some human meds (esp. diabetic). Not sure if they are bound by the same rules as vets--but they do it.

Tried Salvation Army, they said no. Still looking...

Re: Donating medication???

PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2012 5:16 pm
by yonuh
The animal shelter where I work happily takes donated medicine as long as it is labeled. I have given leftover meds to their clinic more than once. They use it either for the Shelter animals or for people who can't afford meds for their pets. Many human medications can be used for pets.