If you have old and unused medications stashed around your house — or if your elder parents have them — make a note of the 2012 Take-Back Initiative. It’s sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and coming right up on April 28th (that’s this Saturday). Participants can safely get rid of pills and bottles that are sitting around in medicine chests and kitchen cabinets.
Use this handy site locator to find a location near your home. Note that each site will be open from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Download a poster about the event.
Interesting Statistics and Facts
About Other Take Back Events
… from the DEA website
Americans that participated in the DEA’s third National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, 2011, turned in more than 377,086 pounds (188.5 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,327 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.
When the results of the three prior Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA, and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed 995,185 pounds (498.5 tons) of medication from circulation in the past 13 months.
If you cannot attend the event, read more about how to dispose of old or unused medications at this DEA web page. It’s critical for these medications to be out of harm’s way.
This is such a relevant and timely topic. As a former home health administrator I encouraged my nurses to work with families to clean out old medications. One of the problems I found was that every state had different guidelines (and sometimes no guidelines). The fact that the DEA is now taking this seriously is heartening. Thanks for sharing the information.