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Date:6/25/2010

trash, though, can be disguised, Delafuente said. Simply crush the pills or tablets or add kitty litter, coffee grounds or sawdust to the trash bag. "That way it doesn't look attractive to anyone or any thing," he said.

The FDA also suggests putting the mixture in a sealed container as an extra measure of protection against animals ingesting the drugs should they scrounge through the trash.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has a list of medications that should be flushed.

SOURCES: Jeffrey C. Delafuente, M.S., associate dean for professional education and professor, School of Pharmacy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.; Tiffany Parson, biologist, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Arlington, Va.; American Association of Poison Control Centers (www.aapcc.org)


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