Instead, empty the pills into a sealable container, like an empty water bottle. Then fill that bottle just enough to cover the capsuals and/or tablets with some sort of "undesirable" liquid like milk, or orange juice, or both! This will make it unapealing to would be tasters plus, the liquid (especially the acidic OJ) will disolve most of the pills into a slush. Simply throw the bottle in the trash!
I filmed this short video below just so you could see what happens to pills submerged in simple salt water. It's a time lapse over about 20 minutes.
What About the Pill Bottles?
Simple! With some pill bottles the label peals clean off so you can just crumble it and toss it (or shred it if you want to be thurough). A lot of labels start to peel but then don't fully come off leaving you with bits and bits of label. Some people boil these bottles in water for a bit and then wash the labels off. I got tired of this so I have a can of black spray paint and just spray accross all my bottles before tossing them. I tried a marker but once it dried you could see all my information right through it.
So that is how I dispose of my old pills and empty prescription bottles!