DEA’s Message for Annual Drug Takeback Day: ‘Don’t Be the Dealer’

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

More than 6 million Americans misused controlled prescriptions in 2016, according to the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. A majority of abused drugs were obtained from family and friends – often from home medicine cabinets.

As part of its upcoming National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, the DEA launched a public service announcement about the dangers of keeping unused or expired prescriptions, with the message: “Don’t be the dealer.”

Unused medicines should not be flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage—both practices can pose potential safety and health hazards. Instead, dispose of them at DEA-sponsored sites from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, no questions asked. The DEA can’t accept liquids, needles or illicit drugs. Click here to find a drop-off site near you.  

Can’t make it on Saturday? Walgreens provides medication disposal kiosks in its stores, or search for a site near you via the DEA’s website.

More than 37,000 pounds of medications were collected at 196 different sites across the state during April’s national takeback day. Nationally, the DEA has collected more nearly 10 million pounds of pills over the course of seven years from such events.

Contact Kristen Thometz: @kristenthometz | | (773) 509-5452

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