This Saturday, October 22nd from 10am to 2pm local time, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is organizing it’s annual prescription drug take-back day. This enables anyone who posses unused or expired medications (including DEA controlled medications) to drop them off at a legal and safe collection site in your local area, no questions asked. The program has recovered more than 6.4 million pounds of medications in the past.
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs. Additionally, their goal is to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Research shows that Nearly 130 people in the U.S. die every day from a drug overdose, and most of those involve prescription opioids or heroin. The majority of the people who misuse prescription drugs report that they obtained the drugs from family or friends.
There will more than 5,000 collection sites nationwide, and thousands of state, local, and tribal law enforcement officers will join with parents and community leaders to safely, conveniently, and responsibly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription drugs.
Where To Go?
If you have unused or expired medications (including controlled medications) from your home or your practice that you wish to properly dispose of, you can search for a safe and legal collection site in your area by clicking this link.
Unused Medications Recovery by HealthFirst
If you are unable to take advantage of this opportunity, HealthFirst is always here to help you dispose of your non-controlled unused or expired medications by using our safe and secure disposal-by-mail Unused Medications Recovery envelope. Learn more or purchase this product by visiting the HealthFirst Unused Medications Recovery product page.