This Saturday, April 30th from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm is the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the DEA. Last year more than 350 tons of drugs were collected in the drug take back day. Why does it matter if you have older drugs in your medicine cabinet? Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg in 2015: “The numbers are shocking—approximately 46,000 Americans die each year from drug-related deaths. More than half of those are from heroin and prescription opioids. With four out of five new heroin users starting with prescription medications, I know our take-back program makes a real difference.” Furthermore, throwing old prescription medications in the trash or flushing them down a toilet can pose safety and health hazards.
So, now is the time to clean out those medicine cabinets! You can located the nearest collection site by clicking here.
According to El Paso Proud, “In addition to the take-back event partner agencies will have prescription drug handbooks for parents, and educational material on safeguarding prescription medications and proper methods of disposal of medications.”