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(Vanity Question) What do you do with your empty prescription bottles?
11/10/10 | Me

Posted on 11/10/2010 6:26:50 PM PST by RangerM

I just finished a round of antibiotics, and now I have an empty prescription bottle.

I was about to throw it in the trash, but then realized this bottle has my name, address, doctors name, the medication, a prescription number, and several other pieces of information (along with various barcodes) that I'm not sure could be useful to an identity thief or not.

Am I being paranoid, or is there a legitimate concern here?


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1 posted on 11/10/2010 6:26:51 PM PST by RangerM
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To: RangerM

FGS! Soak the damn bottle and remove the label.


2 posted on 11/10/2010 6:28:24 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "Gun Free Zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: RangerM

Put a stamp on it and mail it to the IRS.


3 posted on 11/10/2010 6:29:16 PM PST by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: RangerM

Sounds like a great place to hide your illegal drugs.

:o)


4 posted on 11/10/2010 6:29:23 PM PST by HighWheeler
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To: RangerM

Remove the labels and shred them.

Keep the bottles for whatever.


5 posted on 11/10/2010 6:29:32 PM PST by Eyes Unclouded ("The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out." -George Carlin)
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To: basil

Ditto !


6 posted on 11/10/2010 6:29:42 PM PST by snooter55 (People may doubt what you say, but they will always believe what you do)
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To: RangerM

I try to peel the labels off and if that doesn’t work I hit them with some coarse sandpaper before throwing them out.


7 posted on 11/10/2010 6:30:17 PM PST by KarlInOhio (Dems' response to 11/2: Do not go gentle into that new day,Rage,rage against the coming of the dawn!)
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To: RangerM

I pee in them and drop them off at the local DNC headquarters.


8 posted on 11/10/2010 6:31:29 PM PST by big'ol_freeper ("[T]here is nothing so aggravating [in life] as being condescended to by an idiot" ~ Ann Coulter)
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To: RangerM

Take off label. Shred label. Throw bottle away. Repeat as necessary.


9 posted on 11/10/2010 6:33:04 PM PST by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: RangerM

It certainly can’t hurt to remove the label. I’m not really worried about it, but I remove ‘em anyway because I feel better without the uncertainty. If it worried you enough to post about it, go ahead and take the labels off and you’ll feel better too :)

I also use them as containers for storing golf tees and have used them for a couple other things.


10 posted on 11/10/2010 6:33:22 PM PST by verum ago (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!)
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To: RangerM

They are generally the right size for storing a travel stash of q-tips. I don’t care if my name is on the bottle, or not.


11 posted on 11/10/2010 6:33:28 PM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: big'ol_freeper

That’s kinda like i used to do when I put them in the cat box stuff I threw out.


12 posted on 11/10/2010 6:33:57 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: RangerM

The label can be removed, and should be removed, with a box cutter or knife and shredded. The brown plastic bottle should go in the county dump to freak the greenies out.


13 posted on 11/10/2010 6:34:13 PM PST by PistolPaknMama
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To: RangerM
Am I being paranoid, or is there a legitimate concern here?

It's no biggy.

Just leave then in public restrooms if you'd like.

14 posted on 11/10/2010 6:35:41 PM PST by dragnet2
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To: basil
Soak the damn bottle and remove the label.

The labels come off in little pieces and the adhesive is like chewing gum...not easy at all.

I guess you could soak them in lacquer thinner or acetone.

15 posted on 11/10/2010 6:35:47 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate: Republicans freed the slaves Month.)
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To: RangerM

Throw them in the nearest draw because you are too lazy to peel off the dam label, just like I am!


16 posted on 11/10/2010 6:36:22 PM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: RangerM

I may be too casual, but I throw labeled bottles in with my bill stubs for the trash, but I put it out at the curb at the last minute, definitely never overnight.
I shred my credit card statements and any solicitations for credit cards, and of course pay stubs.


17 posted on 11/10/2010 6:36:49 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: RangerM

I’m in my late 50’s and don’t take prescriptions...... knock on wood, but if I did, I’d scrape my data off the bottles. Most of my mail and personal docs go thru a shreddar. I cover the keypad at atm’s.


18 posted on 11/10/2010 6:37:40 PM PST by umgud
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To: RangerM

I take the labels off and give them to a friend who donates them to a group that gives free medical care to the third world. Are they a lefty group? I have no idea, but I hope I can help someone who needs it.


19 posted on 11/10/2010 6:39:05 PM PST by TopDog2 (Sarah 2012)
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To: RangerM

Good place to put quarters in.....to use in a fist fight if needed.


20 posted on 11/10/2010 6:39:55 PM PST by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet.)
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Thanks for your thoughts.

Tried peeling label, but Walgreens must use superglue on their labels; because it’s damn hard to remove.

Didn’t even know if it’s possible to get anything meaningful, but in today’s world, who knows?


21 posted on 11/10/2010 6:39:59 PM PST by RangerM (Obama believes in his own intuition more than the lessons of history.)
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To: RangerM

Scrape the label off with a single-edge-razor-blade-scraper.

You don’t need to get every last shred of it off, just deface the important parts.

Are you paranoid? Probably. So am I. I’d do the same thing you’re seeking to do.

As a very smart guy (Andy Grove of Intel Corp.) entitled his book, “Only The Paranoid Survive”.


22 posted on 11/10/2010 6:40:19 PM PST by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: RangerM
PhotobucketUse Therapeutic Oregano Essential Oil next time ...
23 posted on 11/10/2010 6:41:44 PM PST by mlizzy (Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee ...)
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To: RangerM
I create little drum sets for all the squirrels in my yard.
24 posted on 11/10/2010 6:41:51 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: RangerM

Paranoid? Search “prescription bottle identity theft”

Some pharms are installing bottle shredders for old bottles, so many customers have been hit with identity theft..... worse are the folks hit with “medical identity theft” where someone charges their care to you!


25 posted on 11/10/2010 6:43:30 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: RangerM

I’ve got one filled with sewing needles and another with spare shirt buttons.


26 posted on 11/10/2010 6:43:54 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: wxgesr
Good place to put quarters in.....to use in a fist fight if needed.

Said by Hints from Heloise after her stint in Sing Sing.
27 posted on 11/10/2010 6:44:07 PM PST by Vision ("Did I not say to you that if you would believe, you would see the glory of God?" John 11:40)
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To: RangerM

I’ve got one filled with sewing needles and another with spare shirt buttons.


28 posted on 11/10/2010 6:44:08 PM PST by Domestic Church (AMDG...)
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To: basil

I use them to keep seeds in during the winter.


29 posted on 11/10/2010 6:44:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: ASOC

I haven’t got a prescription for anything in years, so that was something I was not aware of. Thanks for the info. Definitely going to destroy the label.


30 posted on 11/10/2010 6:48:14 PM PST by RangerM (Obama believes in his own intuition more than the lessons of history.)
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To: ASOC

I haven’t got a prescription for anything in years, so that was something I was not aware of. Thanks for the info. Definitely going to destroy the label.


31 posted on 11/10/2010 6:48:44 PM PST by RangerM (Obama believes in his own intuition more than the lessons of history.)
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To: Vision

Drum sets...lmao!!! Love it.

Try Gunk, it’s great for sticky labels and such. As far as the bottles themselves, hubby uses them for fish hooks, rubber worms and such, I use them for needles, pins, beads, sequins, etc in my sewing box.


32 posted on 11/10/2010 6:49:31 PM PST by ktscarlett66 (Face it girls....I'm older and I have more insurance....)
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To: RangerM
I always take the labels off.
After you have done that, find the Wisconsin Synod Lutheran Church closest to you and find out if their Lutheran Women's Mission Society (LWMS) is collecting them for the Central Africa Medical Mission in Malawi, Africa. The ladies might really be grateful for your donation!
33 posted on 11/10/2010 6:52:20 PM PST by stayathomemom (Beware of cat attacks while typing!)
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To: RangerM

Take off label and use them for batteries when you travel. Will avoid water, dust, accidental discharge, and keep the from rolling around in your brief case, laptop bag, suitcase, etc. Easy storage in desk drawer too.


34 posted on 11/10/2010 6:53:45 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: RangerM

The value of reading FR posts - ya hit a gem once in a while....


35 posted on 11/10/2010 6:53:54 PM PST by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: dragnet2

The city goes through our garbage so I usually put mine inpublic restrooms trash so they cant easily identify me...


36 posted on 11/10/2010 6:54:21 PM PST by southland ( 1 John 4:4 , Hsa 2:6)
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To: JSteff

AA and AAA I mean.


37 posted on 11/10/2010 6:55:21 PM PST by JSteff ((((It was ALL about SCOTUS. Most forget about that and HAVE DOOMED us for a generation or more.))))
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To: RangerM

Mark over the info with a black sharpie marker.


38 posted on 11/10/2010 6:55:40 PM PST by Calm_Cool_and_Elected (Free Iowahawk! (http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/2010/11/crisisgate.html))
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To: RangerM

If you have a blow dryer, heat the label. This causes the glue to become soft and the label will pull off pretty easy. Works with almost any label, even on shipping boxes.


39 posted on 11/10/2010 6:57:40 PM PST by ican'tbelieveit (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team# 36120), KW:Folding)
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To: RangerM

I wish I knew how to post pictures:

http://www.boxvox.net/2009/10/art-politics-of-prescription-pill-bottles.html


40 posted on 11/10/2010 6:59:57 PM PST by fullchroma
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To: umgud

I’ll be 73 soon and hubby will be 77. Neither one of us take any drugs and we intend to keep it that way. We are far healthier than all our friends.


41 posted on 11/10/2010 7:00:06 PM PST by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: Calm_Cool_and_Elected

That’s what I do...


42 posted on 11/10/2010 7:02:04 PM PST by Jrabbit
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To: PistolPaknMama

Careful about admitting you own a box cutter. TSA and BATFE are watching.


43 posted on 11/10/2010 7:02:28 PM PST by satan (Plumbing new depths of worthlessness on a daily basis.)
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To: RangerM

After reading all the replies that say you should reuse it for this or that, why are the dimocrats the ones who “want to save the planet”? It’s obvious that any conservative would try to reuse something, in fact, the sentence is kind of redundant; I’m conservative, therefore I conserve things.

Truly we live in a backwards time, bad is good, good is nerdy, conservatives are the ones trying to destroy the planet.


44 posted on 11/10/2010 7:03:17 PM PST by ConservativeChris
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To: RangerM

Just put the file flat on a bench and keep scraping the bottle across it.

45 posted on 11/10/2010 7:04:06 PM PST by TChad
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To: RangerM

Put it in an old sock and smash it to bits with a hammer. Problem solved.


46 posted on 11/10/2010 7:06:09 PM PST by ExtremeUnction
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To: Domestic Church

Yeah, great idea.

I use them when I travel for vitamins. I don’t like taking the whole bottles, but they are small enough to put separate vitamins in each bottle.

I also liked the seed idea. And the Q-tip one too!!!


47 posted on 11/10/2010 7:06:33 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: RangerM

“What do you do with your empty prescription bottles?”

If it’s REALLY good stuff, I lick the bottle clean.


48 posted on 11/10/2010 7:09:06 PM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: satan
Peel off the labels, burn them in the fireplace and use the bottles to build furniture like that guy does with FedEx Boxes.

OR, stack the bottles one on top of the other until you reach Outer Space.

49 posted on 11/10/2010 7:09:29 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (If Sarah Palin was President, you would have a job by now...)
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To: RangerM

I put my weed in it.


50 posted on 11/10/2010 7:10:42 PM PST by Trailerpark Badass (I'd rather take my chances with someone misusing freedom than someone misusing power.)
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