DEA Announces Fall Date for Next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on September 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has announced.

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.

Collection sites will be announced on September 1, the DEA said.

During the ninth Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last September, DEA and its partners collected 209 tons of pills. That brought the total amount of drugs collected over four years to 2,411 tons, or 4,823,251 pounds.

According to the DEA, unused prescription medications in homes create a public health and safety concern, because they can be accidentally ingested, stolen, misused, and abused.

When the DEA began hosting National Prescription Drug Take-Back events, the Controlled Substances Act made no legal provision for patients and their caregivers to rid themselves of unwanted controlled substance prescription drugs except to give them to law enforcement. The law banned pharmacies and hospitals from accepting them.

Most people flushed their unused prescription drugs down the toilet, threw them in the trash, or kept them in the household medicine cabinet. This led to a contamination of the water supply and the theft and abuse of the prescription drugs, the DEA noted.

Last September, the DEA announced it would allow unused narcotic painkillers such as OxyContin to be returned to pharmacies. Consumers are also permitted to mail unused prescription medications to an authorized collector, in packages that are available at pharmacies and locations including senior centers and libraries. The new regulations are designed to curb the prescription drug abuse epidemic, the DEA said.

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    MaryLou Rainwater

    July 17, 2015 at 8:54 AM

    I work in a small city that participated in the DEA Drug Take Back Program. IT WORKS!
    IT IS SUCCESSFUL NATION WIDE. We need to work to get the government to fund this program so it will be brought back on a semi annual schedule. It gets the drugs out of the house, and prevents use and/or abuse by the wrong person. It prevents drugs from being flushed or thrown in the trash, which can enter into the drinking water supply. Tests have shown prescription drugs being found in drinking water thru out the US. This problem will affect all Americans. The solution has a proven success record. Let’s hope we can get the government to do what is right.

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