Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, Presented by the DEA
On April 26, 2014, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its eighth DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This event offers consumers across the nation an opportunity to dispose of old and unused prescription drugs to help prevent these medications from becoming a danger. Prescription Drug Take-Back day will be held at several sites across the country and will be accepting all excess and expired prescriptions, including controlled substances.
Past DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Days have collected a combined total of 1,733 tons of disposed of medications. The DEA has coordinated with many states, communities, and local law enforcement for the take-back events.
Every medication, whether prescription or over-the-counter, has its own safe handling instructions and even has an expiration date. It is important to become familiar with and understand these requirements. Some prescriptions require refrigeration. Most can be kept at room temperature. All should be stored in a place where they are not easily accessible which can lead to an accidental overdose, especially by children or even pets.
For more information on local drop off sites of the Take-Back Program and methods for safe at home disposal, please visit http://www.awarerx.org/get-local.