2019 National Drug Take-Back Day
October 26, 2019
Do you have old prescription drugs that you never finished in the back of your medicine cabinet? Perhaps a parent or other family member recently passed away, and you're not sure what to do with the potentially dangerous medications they left behind.
October 26, 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. Various prescription drugs can reduce our level of pain, manage hormone levels in our bodies, and kill dangerous microbes or viruses.
However, the biochemically-active nature of prescription drugs can also make them dangerous. Here are some of the ways that prescription medications may 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.
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. The drugs will then be properly disposed of.
Prescription drugs can be brought to any DEA-authorized location between 10 am - 2 pm on October 26, 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 day effort.
If you miss the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, you still can safely dispose of prescription medications by following the 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.