National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

prescription drug take back dayThis Saturday, October 28, from 10 am to 2 pm, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs — at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. The service is free and anonymous and you can visit the DEA Diversion website to find a collection site near you.

Safety Tips for Storing Meds
The majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to studies.
In addition to properly disposing medication, practicing safe medication storage, while at home and when on the go, can help prevent misuse, theft and abuse.

Here are a few safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • Store meds out of reach and out of sight. Secure prescription pain relievers and all other medications up and out of sight of visitors and children in a locked cabinet or container. Don’t keep loose pills in bags or containers in your purse, luggage or office drawer.
  • Put medicines away every time. This includes medicines and vitamins you use every day.
  • Talk to guests about medicine safety. Ask family members, house guests, and other visitors to keep purses, bags or coats that have medicine in them up and away and out of sight when they are in your home.

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