The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held its 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, October 22, providing a safe, convenient, and responsible way of disposing of unneeded prescription drugs. Local communities and some pharmacies are also establishing ongoing drug take-back programs. We contacted the public affairs office at the DEA regarding the results of the campaign. 731,269 pounds of medication, nearly 366 tons, was collected and disposed of. Last year alone more than 4,000 pharmacies and law enforcement agencies participated which increased accessibility for the public by creating 5,200 total collection sites.
Over the last 12 Prescription Take Back Days, there has been a total of 7.1 million pounds of medication collected. That’s nearly 90 eighteen-wheeler semi-trucks of unused medication that has been disposed of!
Mark your calendars, the next Prescription Takeback Day is planned for April 29, 2017.