National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Slated for April 28

Optum Workers' Comp
| Apr 17, 2018

Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The purpose of National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription medications that are unwanted, unused, or expired, while also educating the public on the potential abuse of medications.

Unused medications in homes create a public health and safety concern because they are highly susceptible to accidental ingestion, diversion, misuse or abuse. Studies indicate the majority of abused prescription medications are obtained from family and friends. Prescription medications can be as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a legitimate medical need or a doctor’s supervision, leading to accidental poisoning or overdose.

During the October 2017 Take Back Day event, Americans turned in 456 tons of prescriptions at over 5,300 sites. In the 14 previous Take Back Day events, the DEA and its partners have taken in more than 9 million pounds or just over 4,500 tons of pills.

For more information about the disposal of prescription medications or to Locate a Collection Site Near You for the April 28 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

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