The summer is heating up and traveling is back into swing – making it the perfect time for a refresher on how to store your medications.
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will hold its twice annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 23, 2021.
Take Back Day aims to prevent unused prescription drugs from getting into the wrong hands by providing a safe, convenient, and anonymous way to dispose of excess or expired prescription drugs.
In 2019, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 9.7 million Americans misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives. According to the study, misused prescription drugs were often obtained directly from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends.
Thanks to thousands of people from across the country, April 2021’s Take Back Day resulted in 420 tons of prescription drugs being safely disposed at authorized take back locations. Together we can make October 23 even more successful!
To find a Take Back Day collection site near you, the DEA has set-up a collection site locator.
If you are unable to participate on October 23, 2021, there are authorized year-round drug disposal locations including some pharmacies. To find a year-round disposal location in your area, visit the Department of Justice’s location search.