Got Drugs? April 26, 2014 – 10AM to 2PM
The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
Keeping our water free from chemicals is one way to help ensure the health and safety of our water sources. Research has shown that pharmaceuticals—including prescription drugs—are present in our nation’s water and may cause environmental harm. Although there is no current evidence that these pharmaceuticals in the environment are responsible for any negative health effects in humans, keeping our water clean is an important public health goal.
To help keep our water free from prescription drugs, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)works with state and local law enforcement agencies to host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The purpose of this day is to provide a venue for people to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs, so they don’t put the drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet (where they could eventually end up in our water).
For more information on how pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) affect our water, visit EPA’s Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products website.
Collection site locations are now available. Check back often; sites are added daily. Please contact the Call Center at 1-800-882-9539 if you require assistance.
For law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site, please call the POC in your area.
Download posters, handouts and other materials to promote National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.