Recently, my son was diagnosed with allergies. His doctor wrote up FOUR prescriptions. I asked the allergist if he really had to write up a separate script for the same thing the pediatrician wrote a script for? He said he did. GRRRRR! I knew it would happen one day. I have been to the pharmisist (it's an in-clinic, 100% covered pharmacy, so I don't go anywhere else) soooo many times in the past two years. Back and forth when my doctor was trying out different scripts to help me. Back and forth when the dentist was treating me. Back and forth when my son got sick over and over. Then when I handed the pharmicist (a nice guy, really,) these FOUR new scripts, he finally broke and said, "Wow! You get a lot of prescriptions!" I just sighed. The thing is -- we get a bad rep because we can't take prescription that don't work for us BACK to the pharmacy. We also cannot take any leftovers from a single illness back. What if we could? They could count the pills, measure the liquids, record what we return, destroy them,... ... and then note in our file whatever the reason, "Doctor replaced with xyz medication," "Patient was sensitive to this," "Removed from this script because of conflict with another script." Whatever. At least our reputations would remain in tact! The last time my son was sick, I told the pediatrician which medications I still had -- since his illnesses were so close, I figured I could I just use what was left (excluding the antibiotics, of course, which were used up.) But the pediatrician said, "Why? Why not just take the prescriptions? That way you'll have extra." Extra?! Extra?! I think at last count I'm up to SEVEN bottles of children's Motrin (this they give free in the office.) I'm up to TWO bottles of prescription cough syrup. Each does is just a 1/2t., so it would take 3-4 colds to use up one bottle. Ugh! I won't go on, but you get the picture. Yes, I want to have more than enough, but there is such a thing as too much. When I walked out of my own appointment last time, I ended up with a HUGE bottle of Ibuprofin! I mean, it was the biggest brown bottle I've ever seen! I certainly appreciate the gesture, but I don't know if I'll even be able to use it all up before the expiration date ! I'd certainly be willing to drive in for a refill now and then if it could save my reputation. I think, too, of all the sleep meds my doctor tried. Each time one didn't work out, he told me, just dispose of them yourself. When I saw my medical chart with a list of script after script after script, I was embarrassed. Someone could say I kept and used them all! Or the could say I sold them on the streets! So NOT! I think because the pharmacies lack a disposal process, many of us are being perceived as druggies when we should not be. Does anyone know of a drug disposal process that I don't know of? Because this is really starting to annoy me. I'm not ashamed of the prescriptions I really do take, or my son takes, but I am embarrassed at the WRONG impression our records give. I wonder if a disposal process is doable? What do you think of this idea?