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On Saturday, October 22nd, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be holding its 12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. At the end of this blog is a link to find a location by zip code. Held from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, the purpose of this event is to provide the public with a safe, responsible and convenient way to get rid of prescription drugs, while at the same time providing education on how medications can potentially be abused.
During the last event, which was held earlier this year in April, the DEA and its national, community and tribal law enforcement partners collected a total of 447 tons of unwanted medications. There were about 5,400 collection sites available across the United States. For the event on the 22nd of October, there will be 4,700 collection sites in operation nationwide, and the service provided by local law enforcement agencies and other community partners will be completely free of charge to the public.
Since the first National Prescription Drug Take Back Day six years ago, there have been approximately 6.4 million pounds of drugs collected – this alone just goes to show how successful the events have been. The DEA explains that 6.4 million Americans aged 12 and up abuse prescription drugs, and with drug overdoses being the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S., it becomes increasingly more important for the public to have a safe way of disposing unwanted medications.
If you have unwanted medications at home, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. Locating a collection site near you is easy. Simply click here, select "locate a collection site near you," and either enter your zip code or your county, city and state – upon submitting your information, you will be presented with a list of participants and the specifics of the collection site.
For more information, click here or give us a call at (888) 797-2479.