If your medicine cabinet is starting to look like it might get you on the A&E TV show about Hoarders then we’ve got a bit of good news for you. Saturday, September 25th has been declared national take back day and locations have been set up where you can offload all your unused medicines with no questions asked (from 10 am to 2 pm).
Here’s the notice from the Department of Justice announcing the program:
Below is a letter from President Obama’s Office and a listing of the local drop-off locations.
As you know, prescription drug abuse is a significant public health issue in our country. Because they are legal, prescription drugs are easily accessible and often kept in home medicine cabinets long after they are needed, making them readily available to people who might misuse or abuse them. A recent study found that people who reported nonmedical use of prescription drugs within the past year, 70% got them the most recent time they used from a friend or relative.
One way to reduce the accessibility of prescription drugs is to properly dispose of them in a safe and environmentally friendly manner. Take-Back programs are one of the best ways to ensure this proper disposal, and from 10 am to 2 pm on September 25, 2010, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), joined by ONDCP and others, will hold prescription drug “Take-Back” events across the country. At these events, DEA and local partners will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
We are asking for your help to promote this very important event. DEA has created a web button (see below) that can be placed on your website, and by placing the button on your website you will ensure that your stakeholders will be able to find local sites where they can drop off their prescription drugs. By making the take-back event being held on National Take-Back Day a success, we can all make a positive impact to reduce drug use and its consequences.
Office of Intergovernmental and Public Liaison
Executive Office of the President