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Saturday, September 29 is Fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

(9/24/2012)

Saturday, September 29 is Fifth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
September 24, 2012

As part of an effort to reduce prescription drug abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration will host its fifth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday, September 29, at more than 5,000 collection sites across the United States. This is a great opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused, or unneeded prescription drugs to dispose of those medications in a safe and environmentally responsible way.  On the most recent Take-Back Day, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 Take-Back sites available in all 50 states and U.S. territories. When the results of the four previous Take-Back Days are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed more than 1.5 million pounds (774 tons) of medication from circulation.
 
To find a collection site near you, visit the DEA's site locator online.  Additionally, the Food and Drug Administration provides guidelines, available here, on how consumers can properly dispose of unused medicines on their own.


 


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