National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Oct. 24

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled for Oct. 24

This year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held nationwide on Saturday.

The event educates the public on the potential for abuse of medications and provides a method to conveniently and safely dispose of prescription drugs.

“The initiative – now in its 10th year – addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” Timothy Shea, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) acting administrator, said. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Together with our partners, we are not only holding National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, but offering other ways to dispose of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications.”

The DEA and its partners will collect solid medication such as patches, capsules, tablets, and vape pens, and other e-cigarette devices that have had the batteries removed.

People dropping off medications remain anonymous, and there is no charge for the service.

Vape pens and e-cigarette devices with batteries, illegal drugs, syringes, and intravenous solutions will not be accepted.

The DEA also urges people to consult the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dispose of drugs at home safely.

There are 11,000 DEA authorized collectors that will accept prescription drugs year-round.