National Prescription Drug Take Back day

Unused meds gathered in earlier Take-back program Photo Courtesy of VA Guard Public Affairs

Saturday, October 29th, is the next National Prescription Drug Take Back day.

It’s a day to safely get rid of all those medications that you’ve been stockpiling in cupboards and kitchen cabinets for a while – the ones you never finished or that didn’t work. We all have them – and they tend to take up a lot of space.

Along with prescription drugs, you can “take back” over the counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, supplements, and even pets meds. One thing most take-backs don’t allow is liquid medications, however. All meds you do take to a drop-off site should be in either in plastic containers or plastic baggies.

Safe disposal of unused medications is a huge problem in this country. With over 7 million Americans taking prescription drugs, a lot of them end up in the hands of teenagers wanting to experiment or get high with them. According to the Partnership for a Drug Free America, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. And the majority get them from friends and family members’ home medicine cabinets.

So create some space and get rid of those unused meds safely. Pile them together in baggies – mix ’em up, no problem. Then grab your car keys, open your garage and head out to the drop-off site nearest you on Saturday.

Most drop-off sites will be available between 10am and 2pm. To find a site near you, check out the DEA Search site.

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