Saturday, September 26, is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. If you have unneeded or expired prescription drugs at home, you can drop them off at a safe, legal collection site in your neighborhood from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More than a hundred people, on average, die every day from a drug overdose in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that deaths from drug overdose have been rising steadily over the past two decades and have become the leading cause of injury death in America. The majority of people who use prescription pain medicine non-medically report that they obtained the drugs from family or friends, often from their home medicine cabinet. Opioid drug abuse has devastated thousands of communities across the country. As ONDCP Director Michael Botticelli recently put it, “This is an epidemic of the medicine cabinet.”
The safe disposal of these drugs is a pillar of the Obama Administration’s plan to prevent prescription drug misuse.
Many former and current Drug-Free Communities grantees are partnering locally to implement Take-Back Day.
Members of the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA) program are also participating.
The Drug Enforcement Administration, acting under the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act passed by Congress in 2010, has issued a new rule that allows for more convenient and environmentally responsible disposal of prescription drugs in communities across the country. ONDCP is working with Federal agencies and communities to make it easier for those communities to set up permanent disposal programs locally.
Find a take-back location near you today.