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Unwanted Prescription Drugs? Dispose at a Take Back Day!

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Do you or your elderly loves ones have expired or unwanted prescription drugs taking up valuable bathroom and kitchen cabinet space? This can become a safety issue if small children or pets get into them, or if someone else takes them for recreational use. Luckily Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10am to 2pm is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This is the DEA’s event which provides an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

According to the FDA nearly 40% of prescription drugs end up unused. This can be because they have expired, or simply because people no longer want them or need them. When the prescriptions aren’t disposed of properly they can become a hazard to children and pets, they can be abused by other people, or they can be harmful to the environment.

Dispose of prescription medications properly so they don't end up in the wrong hands.
Dispose of prescription medications properly so they don’t end up in the wrong hands.

That’s why the FDA created “Take Back” days to encourage public safety and public health. Visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ and scroll down to the collection site locator to see if there’s a drop site near you. If there isn’t then the FDA suggests reading the label for disposal instructions, flushing if it’s safe for your prescription, or mixing it with something undesirable, sealing in a bag, and throwing in the trash. Then be sure to destroy the label on the container.

“Check in on your elderly loves ones and see if they have any old or unused prescriptions they also need to get rid of.”

While you’re cleaning out your own prescriptions, this may be a good time to check in on your elderly loves ones and see if they have any old or unused prescriptions they also need to get rid of. The last time we moved one of my grandmothers we found two giant plastic totes full of expired and unused vitamins and supplements that she had completely forgotten about. Early dementia and handling one’s own medications is not a good combination.

 

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