The Drug Enforcement Administration will be hosting its fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28 from 10am to 2pm.
The event allows people to bring unwanted or unused prescription drugs they have accumulated to drop-off points, knowing the drugs will be disposed of in a safe and environmentally appropriate way.
The DEA’s last event, on Oct. 29, 2011, collected more than 377,086 pounds of prescription drugs from more than 5,000 participating locations in the U.S.
Participating locations are Valleywide. To find a location near you, visit the Collection Site Locator.
If you are unable to make it to the Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, the Food and Drug Administration offers suggestions for safe disposal of drugs:
- Take them out of their original containers and mix them with an undesirable substance, like used coffee grounds or kitty litter.
- Put them in a sealable bag or other container so they don’t leak.
- Before throwing away the medicine container, make sure all the information is scratched off, to protect your identity.
- If you are unsure about anything, call your pharmacist for advice.
— Erin Saltzman