It’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Here’s How to Participate

It’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Here’s How to Participate

Don’t be the dealer: bring your unwanted prescription drugs to designated collection sites, between 10 and 2pm.

This Saturday, April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take back Day. It starts at 10 AM and is run by the Drug Enforcement Association, (DEA), as a way to help curb the amount of extra prescription drugs floating around in America’s home medicine cabinets. It’s meant to help stop addiction and overdose in their tracks before they happen.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs.

These include popular opioid-based painkillers, with the majority of these abused drugs coming from the homes of family and friends.

Related: The Majority of Doctors Prescribe Opioids More Often Than They Think: Study

And sometimes exposure is accidental, but deadly nonetheless. The DEA’s Takeback website states that the home is a major source of unintentional pediatric poisonings in the U.S.  approximately 60,000 emergency department visits and 450,000 calls to poison centers are made each year after children under 6 years of age find and ingest medication accidentally in the country.

How can you take part? You can find an official collection site near you by filling in this online form, (scroll down to find it).

New locations are being added daily, so if something doesn’t turn up right now near you, be sure to check back later.

Not around this Saturday? The DEA has some authorized permanent registered collection sites in retail pharmacies, hospital or clinic pharmacies, and law enforcement facilities across the country.

Call the DEA Office of Diversion Control’s Registration Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 to find an authorized collector in your community.

 

 

 

 

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