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Got Drugs?

Posted: April 23rd, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

takebackpictureOn Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Drug Enforcement Administration will be sponsoring a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day for the sixth time in the past 30 months.  Americans will have an opportunity to empty their medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers of unwanted, unused, and expired prescription drugs and take them to collection sites manned by local police officers and sheriff’s deputies located throughout the United States.

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Get Rid of Unwanted or Expired Drugs on National Take Back Day- Saturday September 29

Posted: September 4th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Traces of pharmaceutical drugs have been found in drinking water in the US for years

Drugs in our waterways have been linked to sex changes and other mutations in fish and other wildlife

Prescription drug abuse, misuse and other accidental ingestions are the number one injury related cause of death in the US

And in those three stories lies a conundrum; how to protect the environment vs. having unwanted medications in the house that increase the risk of intentional and accidental ingestion.  To reduce the risk of accidental poisoning by medications, it was at one time advocated to flush unwanted medication down the toilet.  This solution was simple and easy.  However, at the turn of the century, data began to appear which showed that trace amounts of pharmaceutical drugs were being found in rivers and drinking water around the country.  Soon afterwards, multiple studies showing that biological changes were occurring in wildlife located downstream from pharmaceutical plants or urban waste treatment plants were published.

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To Flush or Not to Flush: How to Properly Dispose of Your Medications

Posted: April 24th, 2012 | Tags: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Is your medicine cabinet starting to look like a pharmacy?  Do you really need that bottle of ibuprofen that expired in the 1990s?  It’s probably time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet.  Stockpiling old or unused medications can lead to medication errors, unintentional ingestion by kids or pets and for some prescription drugs—abuse.

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National Take Back Initiative – October 29, 2011

Posted: October 12th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

For the second time this year, the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.  Collection activities will take place October 29, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country.  The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.  These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. Read more »


National Take-Back Initiative 2011

Posted: April 27th, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

For the second consecutive year, the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets on April 30th , 2011. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at sites established throughout the country.  The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.  These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health and safety. Read more »


National Take-Back Initiative

Posted: September 20th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

 

 

On September 25, 2010, the DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Read more »