Medication Waste

Disposing of Medications

Prescription drugs, and even over-the-counter drugs, are not recyclable and need to be disposed of properly. Flushing them down the toilet or drain is harmful to the environment. Anything put down the drain or toilet goes through our sewer system and will end up in our lakes, streams, and rivers.

Prescription and over-the-counter medication should also not be put in with compost, or into gardens or soil. These medications can be absorbed into the soil and the plants. This can cause serious health problems for those eating the vegetables and plants from these areas. If allowed to break down, medications can get into the water system and contaminate wells and harm the people or animals drinking from those wells.

Public works has already found small amounts of medications in surface water bodies. The concern is an increased bacterial resistance to antibiotics and the interference with growth and reproduction of aquatic life.

Unused medications should be taken to a household hazardous waste collection center or event. Every county has free drop-off events sometime during the year.

Remember to remove any labels that contain personal information for privacy reasons. Shred and dispose of this information properly.

Here is a link to more information on medication disposal:

Safe Disposal

Here is a link to the OC landfills that will dispose of hazardous waste for FREE:

Hazardous Waste


Your Tustin Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic:

True Health & Wellness


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Steroids And Adrenals

Steroids & Adrenal Side Effects

A new study conducted in Europe showed that a significant number of people who stopped steroid use (prescribed for asthma and allergies) showed signs of malfunctioning in their adrenal glands.

Adrenal Glands:

These glands are found on top of your kidneys and are made up of two parts. They are in charge of producing hormones that help with deal with stress and regulate blood pressure. Adrenal insufficiency is a condition that can become serious. It can happen when the body has to deal with long sustained stressors, injuries, serious illness, and even surgeries.


Common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are fatigue, weight loss, dizziness, and salt cravings.


Corticosteroids are used to help fight inflammation in a wide range of conditions and mimic the hormone cortisol, which is made by the adrenals. While on corticosteroids the body makes less of its natural hormones, so once you start to come off the drugs your body takes a while to get its natural hormone production up to normal levels. During this in-between period you may undergo adrenal insufficiency.

The researchers looked at 74 published articles looking at different dosage and types of corticosteroid use, as well as patients’ likelihood of acquiring adrenal sufficiency after treatment.

Risk of adrenal insufficiency was found to be highest in those who took corticosteroids orally or by injection. Risks were lower in those who inhaled, used nasal treatment, or topical treatment.

When looking at asthma patients: those who used in inhalers were at a 7% risk of developing adrenal insufficiency compared to 44% risk in those who used oral medications.

Those who took higher doses of steroids were also found to be at increased risk for adrenal insufficiency compared to those taking low doses.

What you can do:

  • Those on high or long term doses of steroids should be given bracelets that will identify them as being at risk.
  • Be sure you talk to your doctor about the risks, symptoms, and possible side effects before undergoing any medical procedure or taking any prescription.
  • Live a healthy lifestyle, and reduce stressors as much as possible.
  • Try to reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies naturally through diet, exercise, acupuncture, and chiropractic.


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