National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 29
In 2016, the Drug Enforcement Administration and local partners in all 50 states collected nearly 900,000 pounds of unwanted medicines as part of its annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an initiative to keep leftover prescription medications out of the hands of children and others. According to the DEA, a majority of prescription drug abusers report that they get their drugs, including opioids, from friends or family, and unused pills sitting in medicine cabinets or on bedside tables pose safety risks for kids who may accidentally ingest them.
The national take-back day initiative aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, and also to educate the public on the potential for abuse and theft of medications left around the house. For this year’s event, collection sites across Washington will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 29. To find a participating site near you, search by your ZIP code on the DEA website. Attached is a flyer for your use to promote the National DEA Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 29. Please feel free to modify this to meet your local needs. Find printable DEA-developed materials in English and Spanish here.
Several counties in Washington, including in King, Pierce and Snohomish, have installed secure drop boxes for safely and anonymously disposing of unwanted prescription medication year round, and police stations, sheriff’s offices and some pharmacies accept medications, as well. The Washington Poison Center’s webpage takebackyourmeds.org hosts a directory of medication return locations throughout the state.
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