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Got drugs? Turn in your unused meds on Sept. 25

Got drugs? Turn in your unused meds on Sept. 25

(Prescription Drugs, Youth) Permanent link

DEAleftThe DEA will host a national take-back day for unused medications on Sept. 25: 

"The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners today announced a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide o n Saturday, September 25 th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards."

We'll participate in the event. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, learn about how to protect yourself and your loved ones from prescription drug overdoses by visiting RxIQ.

-Dan Sytman-

Posted by Public Affairs Unit at 08/20/2010 01:17:12 PM | 

A good number of these unused drugs end up in the wrong hands and become abused, so this is a good effort.
Posted by: Prescription drug abuse ( Email ) at 7/1/2013 1:25 PM

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