This spring, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Last September, Americans turned in over 242,000 pounds—121 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 4,100 sites operated by more than 3,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners. The agency hopes to collect even more this spring by opening the event to long-term care facilities.
This year’s event will take place Saturday, April 30th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time when DEA and its partners will hold the second National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
The public can find collection sites closest to them by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking on the “Got Drugs?” icon, and then following the links to a database, and entering their zip code. Law enforcement agencies interested in operating one or more collection sites can register with the DEA by calling the DEA Field Division office in their area.
IISG will be working with communities to help facilitate local collection events. For more information about Sea Grant efforts on this issue, visit www.unwantedmeds.org..