September 25th is National Take-Back Day

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The Drug Enforcement Administration announced it’s prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign in August. Since then more than 2,700 sites nationwide have joined to participate in the National Take-Back Day event on September 25th.

The “Take-Back” campaign is an effort to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The campaign is an effort to reduce the potential of these drugs being used illegally.

Prescription drug abuse has become a serious public health and safety issue. The most common source for access to prescription drugs is the home medicine cabinet. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

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The home medicine cabinet often contains unused and out-of-date drugs. The drugs often languish there as many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

National Take-Back Day will help address this public safety and public health issue. It gives the public a safe way to remove these old and unused prescription drugs from their homes.

National Take-Back Day will take place on Saturday, September 25th from 10 am to 2 pm local time. The service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked about how the drugs came into the person’s possession.

Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications, i.e. tablets and capsules accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov . This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

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