National Prescription Drug Take Back Day April 2022

The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day has returned!  Scheduled for Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, the program aims to educate the public about medication abuse while providing a safe and convenient means of disposing of prescription drugs.  This program, currently on its 22nd run, has removed more than 15.2 million unused medications since its initiation, with over 744,000 pounds being removed during the most recent October 2021 Take Back Day.

The program aims to remove unused, unwarranted, and old drugs from the public, as these medications are often the gateway for drug addiction. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 93,000 drug overdoses in the United States last year, with 75% of them being due to opioid use. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) published a report stating that most people who abuse prescription medications obtained those medications from close friends or family. With over 400 sites in Pennsylvania alone, this program is a free, anonymous way to dispose of your prescription drugs properly. Please be aware that sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.

To find a participating Drug Take Back Day site near you, use the following link: https://takebackday.dea.gov/

If you are unable to attend the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, you can dispose of your medications at a year-round location. Visit the DEA Diversion Control Division at Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations – Search Utility (usdoj.gov) to locate a site near you.

 

Posted April 2022

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