Final DEA Take-Back Day Sep . 26 . 2014
Saturday, September 27th marks the final Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. From 10am-2pm, anyone with unwanted prescription medication may safely dispose of it at thousands of collections sites in all 50 states and US jurisdictions.
The National Association Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) reports that DEA Drug Take-Back Days “have provided a unique service for consumers to safely and legally dispose of unneeded medications, including controlled substances (CS), such as pain medications.” While consumers are always encouraged to mindfully dispose of unwanted medication, tomorrow is the last DEA-organized Take-Back Day. The agency recently ruled that authorized facilities, including pharmacies, may collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs going forward.
Medical professionals can remind patients of the importance of protected disposal of unneeded prescription medications, especially controlled substances. Disposing of medication at home, either in the trash or down the toilet, is not safe. Authorized facilities provide a quick and easy way of discarding drugs. They are always anonymous and provided at no cost. The encouraging statistic regarding Drug Take-Back Days is that, “To date, DEA has collected more than 4.1 million pounds of unwanted medication for safe and secure disposal.”
To find out additional information about DEA Drug Take-Back Day, and for a link to the online collection site locator, please visit AwareRx.
This post was sourced, in part, by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP). Information for this blog post has been obtained with permission by the author of the original article, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. For more information about NABP, please visit http://www.nabp.net