The Department of Justice and the Drug Enforcement Administration reminded everyone on Friday that tomorrow, Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day across the country. It will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Drug Take-Back Day is a day where citizens can bring unused, expired or unwanted medications to their local law enforcement agencies for proper disposal. This is part of a national effort to prevent prescription drug abuse and to keep trace amounts of medications from getting into our lakes and streams.
Waste-water treatment plants cannot remove many compounds found in some medications, and when flushed down the toilet, or thrown out in the trash, the residual drugs end up being discharged into the surface and ground water. The drugs are eventually consumed by fish and wildlife.
It is easy to participate in this program, and it is anonymous. Your name is not required.
- The program is free
- Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted.
- No intravenous solutions, injectables, or needles will be accepted.
Facts about prescription drug abuse
- Prescription drugs can be just as dangerous as "street drugs" when ingested without a prescription or without a doctor's supervision.
- The non-medical use of prescription drugs is second to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse.
- Most teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family or friends.
- Throwing prescription drugs into trash cans is a good way to get them retrieved to be used or sold illegally on the street.