Turn in Unused or Expired Rx Drugs on Sat. 4/30

Turn in Unused or Expired Rx Drugs on Sat. 4/30

Saturday, April 30 is the 2nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), this event gives people the opportunity to turn in unused or expired medications for safe disposal. People can find a disposal site near them on the National Take Back Initiative website.

The first event on September 25, 2010 was a huge success, with people across the nation turning in more than 121 tons of pills, and over 3,000 state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide participating in the event.

Safe disposal of unused or expired drugs addresses both an important environmental and public health concern. According to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 7 million Americans (adults, teens and kids) abuse prescription drugs, and a majority of these are obtained through family and friends, including the family medicine cabinet.

See the event website for more details, and please pass on the information.

Karen Fletcher
Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.