Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America and the majority of teens abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends and the home medicine cabinet.
Unused prescription medication thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed down the toilet contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives while protecting the environment.
Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. But if a program is not available, Permanent Rx Take Back Boxes are available at the following local Police Departments:
DEA National Take Back Days take place twice a year in April and October. Fore more information about upcoming Take Back Days, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.