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Drug Take Back Days

The following information on Drug Take Back Days comes from the Drug Enforcement Administration: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/

 

Prescription Drug Take Back Days aim to provide a safe, convenient, and
responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the

general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

 

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

DEA launched its prescription drug take back program when both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration advised the public that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—posed potential safety and health hazards.

Helping people to dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is just one way DEA is working to reduce the addiction and overdose deaths plaguing this country due to opioid medications.

Safe Storage

Keep opioid medications locked away to prevent theft, child poisoning, and other harmful exposures.  Monitor your medicines for missing or outdated pills.

Safe Disposal

Go to okimready.org for more information.

Don’t keep leftover medicine – dispose of them safely at a local medication drop box, mail-back program or use FDA recommended home disposal.