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April 22, 2023 is National Rx Drug Take Back Day

Apr 12, 2023 2:02:00 PM / by Practice Support Team

It's Spring! Time to clean up your medicine cabinet of unneeded prescription medications. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue. Proper disposal of unneeded drugs saves lives and protects the environment and our overall community!

DEA_TBD2023_TWITTER_En_032423-910x512The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends----and the home medicine cabinet. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.  Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs. Visit for a collection site near you. 

If a program is not available, the DEA advises:

  • Take the meds out of their bottles;
  • Mix them with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
  • Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw that away

If you don't properly dispose of the unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one.

DEA. 6 October, 2020. DEA National Rx Take Back Social Media Campaign. Retrieved from on 10 April, 2023

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