Individuals wishing to dispose of their medications can find a collection location at: www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared prescription drug abuse and its consequences an epidemic, with more people dying from drug overdoses, primarily driven by prescription drug abuse, than in motor vehicle crashes. In 2010, 22,134 people died from overdoses involving prescription drugs. Additionally, in 2012, 69 percent of people who abused prescription pain relievers obtained the prescription drugs through friends or relatives, or from raiding the family medicine cabinet. These statistics indicate the value of proper prescription drug disposal as a key strategy to preventing prescription drug abuse, and this strategy is therefore included in the Administration’s Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Plan.
Americans participating in the DEA’s tenth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 27, 2014, turned in 617,150 pounds of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at 5,495 take-back sites in all 50 states and U.S. territories. This brought the total amount of drugs collected in four years to 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons. The April 2014 collection was the largest since the establishment of the National Prescription Take-Back initiative.
We encourage you to join this commitment to improving public health and safety by participating and inviting others – friends, family, and neighbors – to take part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 26, 2015.