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Saturday, April 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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Many Philadelphia employers offer employee benefits which can include prescription drugs to their employees. Prescription drug plans can help alleviate the pain in the employee's wallet when going to the pharmacy to make a purchase.

Sometimes a prescription may not perform as expected and cause a reaction in a patient. Other times a patient may get well and no longer need a prescription that was prescribed and filled in the past. Most people tend to hold on to prescriptions and eventually they expire. What should you do with expired, unused, discontinued medication?

The DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) has come to a solution for the problem. In 2010 the DEA organized the first National Prescription Take-Back Day. Since then, they have collected over 1700 tons of expired or unwanted medications.

What can you do to keep expired medication out of our water supply and out of the hands of little children and animals? Plan to participate in the Eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Click here to locate the closest disposal site near you. Now, go and grab a bag or box, walk around your house, condo, car, apartment, or wherever you stash your meds, collect all of your expired or unwanted medication now and be sure to participate this Saturday.

Helpful links:

National Take Back Initiative

Drug Enforcement Agency

Local Police Holding Drug Take Back Event Saturday

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