The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place on Saturday, October 28.
The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place on Saturday, October 28. Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the public about the potential for abuse and medications. According to a national survey on drug use and health, more than six million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
At the 13th Take Back Day in April of this year, the DEA and community partners collected a record number of unused prescription drugs—more than at any of the 12 previous National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events. The event brought in 900,386 pounds of unused medications at close to 5,500 sites across the country.
Locate a DEA Drug Take Back site near you on the DEA website.