Saturday, April 27 is “National Prescription Drug Take Back Day” from 10am to 2pm. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration hosts this event every six months to clear out expired or unused pills from our medicine cabinets.
The idea behind this is to lower the risk of these medications getting in the wrong hands and lowering opioid misuse, overuse, and addiction.
At various locations, local police and members of the DEA will be collecting unwanted prescription medication, anonymously and no questions asked. Collected pills are incinerated.
The 16th National Drug Take Back Day, in October 2018, collected 914,236 lbs. (457.12 Tons) Nationally across 5,839 take back sites.
In addition to the drop off boxes, some towns have a LOCK BOX that you can purchase with a donation
Items that will not be accepted in drop-boxes:
- Needles (sharps)
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Aerosol cans
- Ointments, lotions or loose liquids
- Medication from businesses or clinics
Find a drop off location near you: https://takebackday.dea.gov/