Saturday, October 26, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
This day aims to address public safety and public health by reducing the amount of opioids available and decreasing the likelihood of individuals developing an addiction. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused 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.
The April 2019 Take Back Day brought in 937,443 pounds (468.72 tons) of unused or expired prescription medication.
The next National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 26, 2019 - Check here for more information.
Find the location closest to you to safely dispose of your unused or expired prescription medications:
Search by your zip code or city to find Controlled Substance Public Disposal Locations near you.
For your privacy, it is recommended that you place the pills in a zip-lock bag and dispose of the bottle at home.
Can't make it out on October 26 and want to safely dispose of your medications now?
ADAMH will mail a safe medication disposal bag to any Franklin County resident!