This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Mark your calendar Ladies and Gentlemen.
This is a great opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription medications at drop-off points around the country. It’s easy and it will protect you against accidentally taking medicines you should not be taking.
And this year, for the very first time, you can also drop off your vaping devices and cartridges. Don’t worry, no one will hassle you on the vaping devices as this program is free and anonymous. You will not be asked for any personal information. Indeed with vaping caused deaths and illnesses recently in the news, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) will now be collecting these devices twice a year at designated drop-off points. All you need to do is drop them off and go.
Saturday: Take Advantage Of This Free Program
This is a great program, and all age groups should use it. This is especially true for senior citizens, as they may easily get confused and take the wrong medication. Caregivers should collect unused, expired, or obsolete medicines and drop them off at the designated areas.
To give you an idea on this program’s effectiveness — at the most recent Take Back Day in April, 2019, the DEA collected 469 tons of prescription drugs! This brings the amount of medication collected since the program began in 2010 to nearly 6,000 tons (more than 11 million pounds)!
Keep in mind that there are restrictions. The DEA does not accept illegal drugs, needles or sharps. Nor do they accept liquids or vaping devices that contain lithium ion batteries. The lithium ion batteries can be disposed with re-cycling programs that offer this special service. Google and you will find them.
To find the drop-off site nearest you, use the DEA’s Collection Site Locator or call 800-882-9539. Questions about which medications are accepted should be directed to your specific location. All drop-off sites are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time Oct. 26.
If you can’t get to your drop off site this Saturday, don’t despair. Drugstore chains, including CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens, provide year-round drop-off boxes in their stores. The DEA also offers a location search tool for the disposal of controlled substances.