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National Drug Take Back Day is held twice a year, once in April and again in October. This program began in 2010 to help the public with free and anonymous ways to dispose of unused, expired, and/or unwanted prescription and OTC drugs. One of the main focuses of Take Back Day is collecting and disposing of unused or expired opioid prescriptions before they end up stolen, lost, or misused. Take Back Day will be held on Saturday, October 26 from 10 am to 2 pm, you can find a location near you here.
I’m not sure where you are reading this from, but where I live, the opioid crisis has grown, touching the lives of all ages, races, and genders. I know people who have been personally affected by the opioid crisis and how it’s changed their lives, sometimes for the worst. I was affected by the opioid crisis from my best friend’s brother, so being a part of this program means a great deal to me. With Take Back Day, you have the possibility of getting the unwanted drugs out of your home and medicine cabinet. This is also a way to do it safely, without flushing them down the toilet which could harm the environment, or just throwing them out with the possibility someone finds them.
When you remove the unwanted drugs from your cabinet you’re taking a step in the direction to prevent any kind of medicine within your home to fall into the wrong hands. Whether it’s your own children, friends of your children, or any guests that may enter your home, these drugs will no longer be in your cabinet or wherever you keep prescription drugs. Regardless if it’s poisoning or an overdose, you can take a big step towards preventing it from happening when properly disposing of the drugs on Take Back Day.
If you don’t have prescription drugs in your home, you can also dispose of unwanted OTC drugs. This can also mean anything that’s expired, because I don’t know about you, but I do not clean out the medicine cabinet of OTC drugs often enough. Whether it’s a headache or cough medicine, it all has an expiration date, so Take Back Day is the perfect day to dispose of them. The drugs need to be in a tablet, capsule, patch or other solid form in order for you to dispose of them at a Take Back Day location. You can learn more about the event and find a collection site at DEATakeBack.com or call 800-882-9539.