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You should not take expired medications, no matter how great the urge! Expired medications may not work at all or you may end up getting a severe reaction to them (since they have started to break down) and end up in the hospital. Each year you want to go through your medicine cabinet and go through all your medications. Don’t forget the over-the-counters, vitamins, and herbals, too! Make sure you dispose of them properly -- which means no more flushing! Get a sealable plastic bag and pour the medicine into it. You can add some water to help dissolve it a bit. Then add some coffee grinds or kitty litter (anything that would make it unattractive to a child or pet). Seal the bag up and toss into the trash. For more information, visit

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