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Table 4 Respondents’ practices and attitudes concerning unused and expired medication disposal

From: Disposal practices of unused and expired pharmaceuticals among general public in Kabul

Questions   N %
Did any quantity of purchase medicine remain unused at your home? Yes 287 95.3
No 14 4.7
What do you do with the unused medicines? Throw away in household garbage 43 14.3
Donate to hospital 29 9.6
Give to friends or relatives 4 1.3
Return to medical stores 64 21.3
Keep at home until expired 157 52.2
Flush unused medications in toilet or sink 4 1.3
What do you do with the expired medicines? Throw away in household garbage 234 77.7
Flush expired medications in toilet or sink 36 12
Give to friends or relatives 4 1.3
Return to medical store 22 7.3
Don’t know 5 1.7
Who is responsible to create awareness for proper disposal of unused and expired medicines? Government 183 60.8
Pharmaceutical Industries 36 12
Public 17 5.6
Pharmacist 65 21.6
Improper disposal of unused and expired medicines can affect the environment and health. Yes 295 98
Don’t Know 6 2