25-Aug-14 10:00 AM  CST

Drug Enforcement Agency Announces Next Drug Take Back Day For Fall

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has announced their next Drug Take Back Day, which will be Saturday, September 27th, 2014.  The hours of the Drug Take Back Day will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  These take back days allow for less drug abuse and theft by enabling individuals to dispose of their potentially dangerous, unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs in a proper manner.  Drugs that cannot be accepted are liquids, needles, or sharps.  Only pills or patches will be accepted for proper collection.    

            Keeping unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications are a recipe for trouble as many of the prescription drugs obtained from abusers are taken from home medicine cabinets.  The old methods of throwing medications away in the trash and flushing them down the toilet only pose potential safety and dangerous health hazards.   

          
  If a prescription drug collection program is not available, the DEA suggests the following: 

 

  • Drugs should be taken out of their authorized bottles. 
     
  • The prescription drugs should then be mixed with an unappealing item such as used cat litter or used coffee grounds. 
     
  •  Then seal the Rx’s in a bag or disposable container and throw them away. 

 

            According to the FDA ‘unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.’  For more information on Drug Take Back Days, pharmacy technicians may visit www.dea.gov or call 1-800-882-9539.

 

 

 

 

Sources: 

1.  Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Drug Take Back Day Press Materials.  www.dea.gov.   


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Source: Jennifer S. O’Reilly  

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