With fall quickly approaching, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and its national and community partners are preparing for its annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Held on September 29th from 10AM to 2PM, this Take-Back Day will focus on providing the public an opportunity to anonymously dispose their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
Free to the public, this national event is working to raise awareness of this vital public safety and public health issue. With the alarmingly high rates of prescription drug abuse in the US, unused medication is highly susceptible to theft, diversion, misuse, and abuse. And with studies showing that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from the medicine cabinet of family and friends, this Take-Back Day is a top priority for drug officials.
As community members focused on safety and health, various organizations such as the IACP, D.A.R.E. American, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, are hoping to add to the 1.5 million pounds they have previously collected. Find out more about the event and your local collection site by visiting the DEA website and entering your zip code.