Prescription Drug Disposal…Out of Sight Out of Mind

If you happen to have unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs taking up space in your bathroom cabinets, this is your opportunity to safely dispose of them. The US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is hosting its National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday April 30 from 10am to 2pm. These DEA sponsored events consist of collection sites set up in communities across the nation for community members to safely dispose of prescription drugs. The goal for this initiative is to create safe conditions at home by getting rid of potentially harmful expired or unused prescription drugs that could be accidentally or intentionally used by minors or other members of the household.

Prescription Drug Abuse Reaching Epidemic Levels

This is a timely initiative that addresses one of the most alarming epidemics affecting our nation. According to CNN, in America the death toll of overdose deaths from opioids (heroin as well as prescription drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone) rose 14% from 2013 to 2014. Additionally, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2014 opioids (including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin) killed more than 28,000 people in 2014. Astoundingly, at least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Still, these statistics and facts do not depict the whole picture. In fact, according to the CDC, prescription drugs actually kill more people than cocaine and heroin combined. The U.S. consumes 99% of the world’s hydrocodone and over 80% of the world’s oxycodone. The ongoing prescription drug disposal program aims at educating the general public about the potential for prescription drug abuse

Collection Sites Near You

There is really no excuse for not disposing of your unused prescription drugs. The DEA has rolled out an exclusive dedicated website with collection sites information, where consumers can enter their zip code and search for collection sites near them where they can safely, conveniently, and responsibly dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. If you’d rather get in touch with DEA, you are advised to make your inquiries via phone at 1-800-882-9539

And If No Collections Sites Are Available? Some Other Methods of Safe Disposal

If you can’t find a collection site in your neck of the woods or any other DEA-authorized collector, we urge you to check your local laws and ordinances to make sure medicines can legally be disposed in your household trash. The following are some common sense steps for a safe disposal of prescription drugs in your household trash:

  • Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
  • Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag;
  • Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.

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U.S. Department of Justice. Drug Enforcement Agency. Office of Diversion Control. National Take-Back Initiative. Retrieved April 26, 2016



How to Safely Dispose of Your Prescription Drugs