October 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day


October 27th 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.  During last  year’s take back program, the DEA collected more than 912,305 lbs (456 tons) of unused medications.

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 over 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The majority of the people who misuse prescription drugs report that they obtained the drugs from family or friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

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.

Bryan is the Product Manager for the Environmental and Infection Control product lines at HealthFirst. Bryan comes with an extensive background in the waste industry and was instrumental in the development of HealthFirst's Sharps Management, Medical Waste Mangement, Amalgam and Pharmaceutical Waste Recovery product lines.


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