The Friday Five – National Rx Take Back Day 10/24
According to the DEA, too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. Each year the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day (@deahq) addresses this crucial public safety and public health issue. This week’s Friday Five focuses on the facts and events surrounding the day and how you can participate.
Misuse of Prescription Drugs is a Problem
Did you know that most misused prescriptions are obtained from family and friends? October 24th is National #TakeBackDay. Learn more about safely securing and disposing of your medications with these @DEAHQ resources: https://t.co/YgYw4BbRft pic.twitter.com/gPRTYLHlxY
— Express Scripts (@ExpressScripts) October 15, 2020
Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs
Maybe you’re ready to participate in Take Back Day but when you enter your zip code to find a Collection Site you realize there isn’t one close by. While the Take Back Program is the best way to get rid of all of the unused prescription drugs in your cabinet, FDA also offers guidance for how to safely dispose of your medications at home.
💊SAFE DRUG DISPOSAL💊
Prescription drug #TakeBackDay is this Saturday, but if you don’t have a drop-off location nearby, you can safely dispose of your expired/unwanted medications at home. This graphic from @US_FDA shows the steps to take to get rid of your medicine #ToxTuesday pic.twitter.com/w0nogkzQJk
— FL Poison Control (@FloridaPoison) October 20, 2020
Walmart and Sam’s Club Support Safe Medication Disposal with DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Events in Communities Across the Country
Walmart and Sam’s Club are hosting in-person medication disposal events at select store and club locations across the country on Saturday, Oct. 24, as part of the DEA’s biannual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. 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 a home medicine cabinet.
All too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. Don’t let this happen!
Dispose of prescription drugs on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at National Drug #TakeBackDay!
— Start Talking! (@StartTalkingOH) October 23, 2020