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Drug take-back day Saturday: Find a location near you to dispose of medicines

National drug take-back day on Saturday April 26, between 10 p.m. to 2 p.m..
National drug take-back day on Saturday April 26, between 10 p.m. to 2 p.m..
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Today is drug take-back day, this is a national campaign to get you to clean out your medicine cabinets and drawers and rid yourself of that old, outdated medication. National Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 26, between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to MSN News today. This National Drug Take-Back Day offers many locations across the country designated as drop-off centers for you to dispose of your drugs safely.

This is an anonymous event, you do not need to give your name or any information when dropping off drugs that are either out dated or that you no longer need. Years ago simply flushing these drugs down the toilet seemed to be the easiest and safest way to get rid of the medications you no longer want. That was until traces of these drugs started to show up in the water supplies around hospitals and institutions that used the flushing method of disposal.

Sites to drop-off your drugs are all over and a nationwide phone line has been set-up for you to call to find the closest site to where you live. Find a location near you here: U.S. DEA Office of Diversion Control’s website or you can get in touch with their Call Center 1-800-882-9539 if you have any questions.

One of the major goals for the drug take-back day is to reduce prescription drug abuse and overdose deaths. With family and friends being the source for over half of the abused prescription drugs, getting rid of drugs that are sitting in the medicine cabinet gets rid of the chance of enticing a friend or family member to take them. Many of the overdoses seen in teens were done with drugs taken out of the medicine cabinets of an unsuspecting relative or friend.

While the strong pain killing medication has a much needed use after an accident or injury, anything left over from that event sitting in your medicine cabinet can get into the wrong hands. Think about it, your bathroom, where most medicine cabinets are located, is the only room in the house where it is socially acceptable for a visitor to lock themselves in.

When anyone asks to use the bathroom they have full access to anything in there. This is the one room where someone could rummage without you knowing what they are doing because they are locked in. That is just one of many scenarios of drugs that you no longer use getting into the wrong hands.