This month, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous prescription drugs during the second National Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 am – 2 pm. The DEA and state and local law enforcement officials are organizing collection sites to take back unused, unwanted or expired over-the-counter and prescription drugs. These drugs can present a public health hazard given the potential for accidental poisoning, abuse and overdose if not taken care of properly. They can also pose environmental hazards from unsafe disposal.
Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds — 121 tons — of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners.
The DEA has an easy-to-use online tool to locate a collection site near you. Visit http://www.dea.gov/, click on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and follow the links to a database and enter your zip code. Law enforcement agencies interested in operating one or more collection sites on April 30 can register with the DEA by calling the DEA Field Division office in their area. The collection is anonymous. The website also provides you with details on what is (and isn’t) accepted.