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April 27 Is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Do you have unused or expired prescription medications in your medicine cabinets, bedside drawers, and or other places around your house? Keeping these unneeded medications can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.

There’s an easy and safe way to dispose of these drugs. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., you can participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Program, and drop off your unused and expired prescription drugs at one of many locations across the state. The program was created in 2010 by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to provide a safe and convenient way to dispose of prescription drugs, and prevent pill abuse and theft by educating the public about the potential dangers.

To find a location near you, visit www.dea.gov. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. (Note: The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)

Why taking back your drugs is important 

Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or doctor’s supervision.
  • The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  • The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends—and the home medicine cabinet.
  • Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused, or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
  • Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available: 
    • Take the meds out of their bottles.
    • Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds.
    • Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw it away.
    • In addition, many police departments provide free drop-off boxes year-round. Contact your local police department to see if they offer the service.
  • For more information on prescription drug abuse, go to: 

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