As part of its efforts to combat the opioid crisis in our country, the Drug Enforcement Agency is sponsoring National Prescription Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28. Disposing of unused drugs out of medicine cabinets can save a life. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second as the most common form of drug abuse in America with 65 percent of abused prescription painkillers obtained from a friend or family member.
Take-back programs are the most effective and safe way to dispose unused prescription drugs. Drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused or illegally sold and unused drugs that are flushed can contaminate water supplies.
WSNA has been a long-time advocate for a statewide take-back program – a bill to create a statewide program passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Inslee in 2018. We look forward to this program’s implementation and the availability of secure medicine return drop boxes in all Washington communities. Until that time, the National Prescription Take-Back Day provides the opportunity for Washington residents to clear out their medicine cabinets and potentially save lives.
Join WSNA on April 28 for National Prescription Take-Back Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Drop off your unused medications at a designated collection site near you.
For more information, view the flyer below. #
- DEA Take Back 2018 Pamphlet (pdf; 486.4 KB)