The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is promoting tomorrow, Saturday, September 26th as National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the 26th, the public will have the opportunity to rid from their homes potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Dentists and their patients are encouraged to participate.
Medicines that are left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to 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. A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are often unsure of what to do with old, expired medicines, since Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.
Last year, Americans turned in 309 tons of prescription drugs safely at over 5,000 sites operated by DEA and state and local law enforcement partners. For more information about National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, including a list of local drug collection sites, click here.
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