The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place this Saturday, October 27. The initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and gives the public an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Last spring Americans turned in nearly 475 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,700 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds—nearly 5,000 tons—of pills.
NACDS members are also committed to being part of the solution in combatting opioid abuse. NACDS’ 2017 Community Engagement Report found that opioid-abuse prevention stands as one of the top priorities in NACDS chain members’ work to go above and beyond for the good of their communities.
Visit the DEA’s website for more information and to find a collection site location near you by zip code.