National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

What’s in your medicine cabinet?

I admit it.

I have a few old pill bottles stashed in a kitchen cupboard. These are mostly leftover pain meds dating back several years to when my son had his wisdom teeth removed, or my husband had his thyroid taken out.

I need to get rid of them.

drug take back dayLuckily, this Saturday, October 22, from 10 am to 2 pm, is the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).

On Saturday, local law enforcement agencies will partner with the DEA to act as drop-off sites for unused and expired medications. It’s free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April’s Drug Take Back Day netted almost 450 tons of prescription drugs. Tons!

Dispose of drugs safely

When you remember that roughly 75% of Americans take at least one prescription medication, it’s no wonder that there are so many left unused. (Although considering what they cost, that sure seems like a lot of wasted money!)

Keeping those old prescription drugs around your house can be a safety hazard, especially to young children.

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Opioid abuse is a hot topic right now, too, with the problem reaching epidemic proportions. Experts blame the easy access, distribution and theft of prescription pain killers.

If you aren’t using them, get them out of your house.

But it’s a bad idea to just throw old meds of any kind in the trash, or flush them down the toilet. That’s why the Drug Take Back Day is such a beneficial service.

Here’s the link to find a collection site near you.

If you can’t make it to this weekend’s event, or there isn’t a participating agency in your community, talk to your local pharmacist about how best to dispose of any unwanted drugs.

I wonder how many tons will be collected on Saturday?


Frugal Nurse


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I'm frugal in all aspects of my life, not just healthcare. But I'm thankful that my 30+ years of experience as a nurse in our crazy-expensive healthcare system has given me the tools I need to make the most cost-effective healthcare choices I can for my family,

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