After collecting more than 9 million pounds (4,500 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at 14 previous events over the past 7 years, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national, tribal and community partners will hold the 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country on Saturday, April 28th.
The service is free and anonymous.
This weekend more than 5,600 collection sites manned by almost 4,500 partner law enforcement agencies will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.
The public can find a nearby collection site at www.DEATakeBack.com or by calling 800-882-9539.
Please note the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.
“Take Back Day helps to keep drugs out of the hands of abusers and potentially save lives by removing unused painkillers and controlled drugs from homes,” explains DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.
“The more unused painkillers or controlled drugs we can help to remove from homes, the more potential lives will be saved.”
“The home medicine cabinet is a frequent target of prescription drug abusers and often provides access to prescription medication.”
“We need the help of the public to dispose of this unwanted source of abuse. Take Back Day is an effective tool for addressing the opioid crisis in America.”
This initiative addresses the vital public safety and public health issue of medicines languishing in home cabinets that are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
(Learn More about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Courtesy of WDSU News and YouTube. Posted on Apr 27, 2017)