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The 8th DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on April 26th from 10am-2pm.   Local law enforcement agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be working together to hold the 8th Drug Take-Back Day.  This event will allow citizens to dispose of unwanted, expired, or unused prescription drugs (only pills or patches are accepted).   The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. The last national event held in October 2013 established 4,114 collection sites and received 324 tons of prescription drugs from the community.

This initiative addresses both public safety and public health issues.  Unused prescription drugs provide an opportunity for diversion, misuse and abuse.  Medications in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisonings. Inappropriate disposal of medications in the home may disrupt our water sources or may be diverted.   Therefore, proper removal of medications from the home may help to prevent accidental overdoses and abuse of prescription drugs.  This National Take-Back event provides a mechanism for patients to safely dispose of medications.

The Collection Site Locator can be used to identify a location participating in the Take-Back Event in your area.  Get more information at http://1.usa.gov/P9EzM2 



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