Prevent drug abuse by turning in unused or expired medications
The general public is invited to turn in unused or expired medications for safe disposal at the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) prescription drug “take-back day” at Woman’s Hospital on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the community to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
All solid dosage pharmaceuticals products and liquid in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrups, should remain tightly sealed in its original container, unless the location has proper disposal material, such as kitty litter. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens. Illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamines are not part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.
For more information about the National Take-Back Initiative, visit the DEA Diversion website.