Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands and the results are dangerous and often tragic. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
On April 24, local agencies and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will hold National Prescription Take-Back Day events across the country, giving the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs – safely and anonymously.
Misused and abused prescription drugs are often obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
To find a drop box or a Take Back Day event, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/ or https://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/prescription-drug-take-back-day.
Bring only pills or patches for disposal, as sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.