2019 National Drug Take-Back Day
April 27, 2019
Do you have some old prescriptions that you never finished in the back of your medicine cabinet? Perhaps a parent or other older family member recently passed away, and you’re not sure what to do with the potentially dangerous medications they left behind.
April 27, 2019
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This program is part of an effort to offer a safe and easy way to responsibly dispose of prescription medications. If you have any prescription meds that you no longer need, or which have passed their expiration date, this is the perfect time to bring them to an authorized location for proper disposal.
Drugs are prescribed by doctors for various reasons to treat many different conditions and diseases. These prescription drugs cause certain chemical reactions within our body, which can do great things, such as reduce our level of pain, manage levels of hormones or other substances, kill dangerous microbes or viruses, and a number of other things.
However, the chemically altering nature of prescription drugs is also what can make them dangerous. Here are some of the ways that prescription medications can be dangerous to a person:
Sadly, many people suffer from the ill effects of taking prescription drugs in a dangerous way – due to ignorance, irresponsible recreational use, and even addiction. The best way to prevent this from happening to you or one of your loved ones is to dispose of any leftover prescription drugs, so that they don’t cause any problems.
Preventing drug abuse and misuse is the primary goal of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Sponsored by the agency’s Diversion Control Division – which is tasked with preventing, detecting and investigating the diversion of controlled pharmaceuticals from legitimate sources – this day allows anyone to bring their prescription drugs to an authorized take-back location, where the drugs will then be properly disposed of.
Prescription drugs can be brought to DEA-authorized locations between 10am – 2pm on April 27, 2019. You can access a list of authorized locations near you through the link below.
You can also call the DEA’s Registration Call Center at 1.800.882.9539 for more information about the event.
Keep in mind that this is for prescription drugs only. Illegal drugs and drug-related devices or implements – such as needles, syringes, inhalers, blood test strips, etc. – are not part of this take back effort.
If you miss the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, you still can safely dispose of prescription medications by following certain steps established by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
When in doubt, you can also ask your local pharmacist how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. He or she will be able to direct you appropriately.