The first ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day was held on Saturday, September 25, 2010. It was a huge success as people turned in more than 121 tons of pills.
In "five previous Take-Back events, DEA in conjunction with our state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners have collected more than 2 million pounds (1,018 tons) of prescription medications were removed from circulation."
Drug Take-Back Days are held periodically by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). On Saturday, October 26, the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is being held between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines to a collection site near you for safe disposal. To locate a collection site near you, enter your zip code here.
If you can't make it to the collection scheduled on October 26, you can search for a local MedReturn location or maybe even launch a MedReturn site in your community. "MedReturn, LLC is committed to providing a safe, secure and environmentally friendly way to help law enforcement agencies and communities collect unwanted or expired household medication, including prescriptions, over-the-counter drugs and unused pharmaceuticals."
Kindly take a minute and sort through your medication and plan on participating in this event. It's the perfect time to dispose of any old, expired, left over, or unused prescriptions in the proper manner. Help keep children from coming across your leftover stash and keep our water safe by not flushing them down the toilet.
Be sure to safely dispose of your prescription and over-the-counter medication whenever possible and help our environment while contributing to the battle against drug abuse.
Now, go to your medicine cabinet and clean it out!