National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 30

By Tracey Archibald, PharmD, Director of Pharmacy

Keep them safe. Clean them out. Take them back. You may turn in unneeded prescription and over-the-counter medication for safe disposal on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, April 30.

Enter your zip code or county/city/state to see collection sites by you on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA’s) collection site locator. You may also contact your local police department, hospital, health department, participating grocery, or pharmacy.

Unfortunately, unused, and old prescription medications left in our homes’ medicine cabinets and in our kitchens may find their way into the wrong hands of our toddlers, children, teens, and others.

Disposing of these unneeded medications safely is a great way to help prevent medication misuse.

The Columbus Dispatch reported April 27, “The DEA in its news release cited a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that found a majority of people who misused a prescription medication obtained the medicine from a family member or friend.”

For our families and communities nationwide, let’s safely turn in a record amount of prescription drugs this Saturday for Take Back Day.

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