The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 24th and is meant to provide an opportunity for individuals to safely dispose of outdated or unused drugs. The effort addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue.
Too often, unused prescription drugs get into the wrong hands. That’s dangerous and often leads to tragic endings.
According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by properly disposing of them.
Results from the October 2019 18th National Take Back Day include:
- Total Law Enforcement Participation: 4,896
- Total Collection Sites: 6,174
- Total Weight Collected: 882,919 lbs. (441.5 Tons)
If you have prescription drugs you wish to dispose of, a few local places participating include:
- Sadler Hughes Apothecary, Clinton
- Laurens Police Department, Laurens
To find other locations click here.