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Tria Health is promoting the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day which is tomorrow October 28th, 2017 from 10am – 2pm. To find a location near you, go to DEA Diversion website.
Disposing of medications safely can help protect your family from getting or using medications that are expired or out of date; prevent the illegal use of unused medications and minimize any potential negative impact on the environment. For this reason, the DEA is giving the public an opportunity to dispose of unwanted and/or expired prescription drugs. This is a FREE and anonymous service—take medications back, no questions asked!
What You Should Know
The DEA can ONLY accept pills or patches. The DEA CANNOT accept liquids, needles or sharps.
Last April, Americans turned in over 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses both public safety and health concerns. Prescription medications left to expire in people’s homes are susceptible to misuse or abuse. Prescription drug abuse rates and overdose and accidental poisoning statistics are frighteningly high in the United States. Studies show that the majority or abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, or from home medicine cabinets.
The DEA now advises against “usual methods” for disposing of unused medications. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash now both pose potential safety and health concerns.
Where to Find More Information
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28, 2017 Drug Take Back Day event, to the DEA Diversion website