National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of prescription drugs. Potential abuse of medications education will be available at each collection site. The next Take-Back Day is from 10 to 2pm on Saturday, September 26, 2015.
Take-Back Day is the safe way for drug disposal
Growing up, I remember we always flushed expired medicines down the toilet. This method was used to avoid accidental ingestion by children finding pills in the garbage. This disposal method is no longer recommended or encouraged.
Did you know expired medication can be harmful?
As explained to me by a pharmacist, an expired medication can become either less or more potent. Either the drug will work less or potentially a lot more.
If you are no longer using medications, why are they in the medicine cabinet? Unused medications are ones you no longer want or need to use. Maybe you were on a medication and then your doctor told you to stop taking. If that’s the case, is it still taking up room in your medicine cabinet?
What’s in your medicine cabinet?
To find a collection site near you, please visit DEA Diversion Control. (If you live in Pennsylvania or Delaware, these two states have already done the program.)
For this program, expired and unused medications are both accepted. There are some restrictions, so please check for specific place details. (For example, pharmacies are unable to accept narcotics. Some places cannot accept liquid medicine.)
I found more expired medications in my medicine cabinet than I anticipated. The Take-Back Day is on my calendar so I can drop off what I no longer need.
Please let me know if you take part. Where you surprised at what you found in your medicine cabinet?