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April 28th is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

April 27, 2018

On Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public an opportunity to get rid of any expired, or unused prescription drugs.

DEA Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Bring your pills and patches to the site. The DEA cannot accept illegal drugs, marijuana, liquids, needles or sharps. The service is free and anonymous.

Craig Hospital encourages appropriate disposal of prescription medications. “Any medicines stored at home are at risk for diversion, misuse, and abuse and proper disposal is an important yet overlooked action. Managing your medications is difficult and keeping those old drugs adds clutter to your cabinet,” Says Amy Goldstein, Director of Pharmacy at Craig.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

To locate a site closet to you and for more information visit www.DEATakeBack.com or call 1-800-882-9539.