National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

The Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring the 14th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which will be held nationwide on Saturday October 28th.

The DEA started National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to ensure residents can have free access to safe and secure disposal, while also educating the public about the potential for drug abuse through prescription medications. With drug abuse rates at record-highs, this is also an organized effort to relieve prescription drug abuse, especially from opioids, that are used medically but become additive- and can lead to further drug abuse.

Overtime, people acquire prescription drugs, but do not know how to discard of them properly. When these types of prescription drugs are sent to an insecure landfill, or flushed down the toilet, they can cause dangerous contamination. Unneeded or expired prescription drugs should be placed in secure, monitored landfill storage sites that do not leach into groundwater.

Law enforcement agencies around the country are participating to further encourage the safe disposal of prescription drugs. All drugs and containers will be incinerated. Participants do not need to take labels off drug containers before bringing them to the collection sites.


Find the nearest Illinois collection site to you here.

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