National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
This Saturday, April 29th, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and local law enforcement agencies are holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. According to the DEA website “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.”
You can safely, anonymously dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at a local center between 10am and 2pm. Last year over 893,000 pounds of unwanted medications were returned to almost 5,400 collection sites across the country.
There is a growing epidemic of opioid use, abuse, and overdose deaths in the United States. Proper disposal of unused or unwanted medications is important in tackling this opioid epidemic. Most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often taken right from their home’s medicine cabinet. Abuse of these prescription medications can lead to overdoses and accidental poisonings. Besides overdoses among opioid users, improper drug disposal can lead to unintended poisoning of children, the elderly, and pets.
In the past, people commonly disposed of extra medications by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash. It is now known that these disposal methods pose potential health, safety, and environmental hazards.
You can dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired prescription drugs this Saturday, April 29th, from 10am to 2pm at your local collection centers. Participating collection centers in Palm Beach County can be found here. To locate a collection center near you, visit the DEA National Take-Back Initiative site.