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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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By: Amanda

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Do you have unused or expired prescription medication in your medicine cabinet? If you do, your BBB® wants to remind you to dispose of them properly. Tomorrow, Saturday, September 26, 2015 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Between 10am and 2pm, you can take those unused or expired medications to a collection site in your community where they will be collected and disposed of carefully and properly.

The September 26th event is the tenth of its kind for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. In the nine previous events between 2010 and 2015, a total of 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of medications were collected. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to address a public safety and public health concern. According to the DEA, “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.”

This is a nationwide event so there are many collection sites throughout the U.S. To locate one near you, visit the DEA website here and clicking on Locate a Collection Site. For those located within 20 miles of Evansville, we’ve done the search for you. Here are the participating collection sites within 20 miles of the Evansville area:

CVS Parking Lot
772 SR 66 W
Newburgh, IN 47630

Indiana State Police Department
19411 Hwy 41 North
Evansville, IN 47725

Kentucky State Police Post 16
8415 US Highway 41 S
Henderson, KY 42420

Warrick County Sheriff’s Department
100 Route 62
Boonville, IN 47601

If you are unable to get to a disposal site near you, but you have medicines you wish to dispose of, you may want to check out the FDA’s site on Safe Disposal of Unused MedicationIt contains a list of medication that might be suitable for flushing and instructions on how to dispose of medication in your household trash.

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Amanda is the Director of Bureau Affairs and is a regular contributor to the consumer education blog. She is one of our go-to colleagues for answering complex consumer inquires. Amanda also manages our charity reporting program.