DEA RX NATIONAL TAKEBACK

Hi All!

I hope you are doing well. I have an important question for you, have you ever thought of how to properly dispose your expired prescribed medication? If not, this post is for you! 

Did you know that 6 million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs? (2017 National Survey on Drug use and Health) 

Did you also know that these abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, specifically from the home medicine cabinet? (2017 National Survey on Drug use and Health) 

Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be found and abused or illegally sold. This is also a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning and overdose. Disposing the drugs properly protects the environment, our children, elderly, pets and ultimately saves lives. 

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) offers you information/education on how to properly dispose the same, as well as take part of their National RX Takeback Day to drop off prescribed expired medication found in your home.

This year, NATIONAL RX TAKEBACK DAY will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Collection sites will be held all over Puerto Rico, if you want to find a collection site near you, access “takebackday.dea.gov.

Accepted for disposal:

– Solid Pill or liquid prescription drugs.

– Over the counter medicine.

– Pet medication.

Not Accepted for disposal:

– Illegal or Illicit substances.

– Sharps.

– Medical Waste.

If you want to dispose your old drugs but don’t have a take-back program near you: 

– Mix drugs with something disguising, like coffee grounds (please refer to FDA to learn more about mixing substances for disposal);

– Remove meds from their bottles;

– Seal them in a disposable container or bag, and throw them away. 

Join me, as I too looked through my medicine cabinet and will be disposing of expired, no use and unused medication on NATIONAL RX TAKEBACK DAY!

For more information on prescription drug abuse; go to:

– www.DEA.gov

– www.GetSmartAboutDrugs.com

– www.JustThinkTwice.com

– https://takebackday.dea.gov

DEA Caribbean Division

(787) 277-7200

Disclosure: This post is part of DEA’s Take-Back initiative as part of providing the community with a safe, responsible and convenient way to dispose of their medication. 

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