The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is an initiative created by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means for disposing prescription drugs. The initiative also aims to educate and raise awareness of prescription drug abuse. It will take place this year on October 22 from 10am to 2pm.
Collection sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide for local residents to return unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal. The DEA provides a search tool on their website for locating nearby collection sites.
Inform your patients about the importance of properly disposing their unused medicine. Patients often do not know that simply throwing medicine in the garbage or flushing down the toilet poses potential safety, health, and environmental hazards. Guidelines for proper prescription drug disposal are provided by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.