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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Friday, April 29, 2016

Often times you decide you are better before finishing a full round of medication. Or perhaps you try a medication and determine its not for you or have adverse side effects. The average household has a medicine cabinet full of medications that are either expired, leftover, or no longer needed. It is not recommend to throw these medications away due to the dangers that the medications could cause to our enviroment and also to other people. Due to these factors the US Drug Enforcement Administration encourages everyone to take part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This year's event takes place on Saturday, April 30th.

The DEA Office of Diversion Control states "The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications." The official website, located at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/ has a drop off location tool that you and your family can use to find an authorized drop off spot near you. You can also access guides and FAQs to better help your family understand the process and why it is so important to properly dispose of medications.

Organizations and drop off locations ensure that the process is easy! You can turn in ANY drugs that you no longer need or are expired. If you find that there isn't a location near you or you are unable to make it based on the time, reach out to your local police department for advise on when or where else you can turn in your medications.


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