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Mark your calendars, the next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is October 29, 2022
When it comes to unused prescription medications, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) encourages everyone to “Keep them safe. Clean them out. Take them back.” They enforce this motto by sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take Back Days.
Since 2010, the DEA and its law enforcement partners have collected nearly 16 million pounds of unneeded prescription medications.
Remember that prescription medications are written for a specific person and a specific injury or illness. If used by anyone other than the original patient:
- The dosage may not be correct
- There are risks of drug interactions and harmful side effects
- There is no clinical overview or care by a doctor
When it comes to sharing opioid medications, not only is it illegal but the risk is heightened with the potential for overdose and even death.
Please share this information with your teams, your injured persons, and your family and friends. We encourage everyone to check for unneeded medications at home and make a plan to drop them off at the next DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on October 29, 2022.
Visit DEATakeBack.com for a collection site near you.