State Rep. Darren Bailey (R-Xenia) is reminding residents that this weekend the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is promoting its 18th Prescription Drug “Take Back Day” on Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at participating locations. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands and turns out to be dangerous and often tragic,” said Rep. Bailey. “Take Back Day is a good opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinets and dispose of outdated and unused prescriptions to prevent them from ending up in the wrong hands. The DEA says that over 468 tons of drugs were collected during the last Take Back Day in April.”
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
You can find the collection site location nearest you to take back unused prescriptions for safe disposal at: https://takebackday.dea.gov/