BATON ROUGE, La. (BR Proud) — The Drug Enforcement Agency’s 19th annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, Oct. 24. The nationwide event provides a safe and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential threat for medication abuse.
“Prescription drug abuse continues to be the nation’s fastest growing drug epidemic. Sadly, these prescription drugs are most often obtained from friends and family, who leave them in home medicine cabinets,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley.
“DEA’s Take-Back initiative provides citizens an easy and safe way to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs. Please do your part to keep prescription drugs off the streets and help spread awareness in your community,” Byerly said.
Collection sites will adhere to local Covid-19 guidelines. To find the nearest collection site, visit takebackday.dea.gov. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Given the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, DEA wants to ensure the public is aware of other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs without having to leave the home. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tips on how to safely dispose of drugs at home.
In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, prescription drugs can be disposed of at any of the 11,000 DEA authorized collectors at any time throughout the year. For more information, visit here.
DEA also encourages the public to reach out to their local law enforcement to find out if they have any permanent drug disposal locations throughout the local community.
DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms. DEA will also accept vape pens or other e-cigarette devices from individual consumers once the batteries are removed from the devices. If the battery cannot be removed, individual consumers can check with large electronic chain stores who may accept the vape pen or e-cigarette devices for proper disposal. Liquids, including intravenous solutions, syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs cannot be dropped off.
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