Safely dispose of old pills on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

DEA partners with local officers to collect unwanted prescription drugs

"Takeback Day is a simple, vital step individuals can take on their own to help address this public health crisis".

It's time to clear your homes of unused or expired medication by taking them to a designated collection site on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, Oct. 28.

You can safely get rid of unwanted prescription drugs at different locations across the state on Saturday.

Take Back events are held across the country today, October 28, generally from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Unused prescription drugs are a major safety issue that can lead to abuse or death from an overdose or accidental poisoning. The president's national health emergency declaration opens certain federal funds to drug treatment groups, among other things. Needles, sharps, asthma inhalers, and illicit drugs will not be accepted at the drop box.


Throughout the program's seven-year existence, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 8.1 million pounds or 4,050 tons of pills.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, anyone can drop off medications anonymously, "no questions asked". Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

The DEA says that throwing old pills in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can be a safety hazard.

Last April, Americans turned in more than 900,000 pounds of prescription drugs. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.

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