Dispose of Unused or Expired Prescription Drugs During National Take-Back Day

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Dispose of Prescription Drugs and Support the National Take-Back Initiative

April 28, 2012  |  10 a.m.–2 p.m. Local Time

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Got Drugs? Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 28th, 2012. Click here for a collection site near you.Prescription drugs are being misused and abused at alarming rates throughout the United States. As part of the effort to address this problem, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has scheduled the 4th National Prescription Take-Back Day to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Many Americans are not aware that unused or expired medicines are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to abuse of these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

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