In Case You Missed the DEA National Rx Take Back Day
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
DEA’s most recent Take Back Day took place this past weekend on Saturday, October 23. Since 2010, Take Back Day has removed more than 7,000 tons of medication from circulation.
If you couldn’t attend Take Back Day this time, you’re not out of luck! You can safely dispose of unneeded medication year-round at more than 13,000 locations nationwide, including pharmacies, hospitals, police departments, and businesses.