The DEA National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, April 24. This effort addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.
Nearby, take-back events will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cheshire, Wolcott, New Britain, Bristol and Meriden police departments.
If you can't attend an April 24 take-back, prescription drugs can be disposed of safely at home.
Unused and expired medications should be mixed with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, cat litter or used coffee grounds. Place the mixture into a container such as a sealed plastic bag and throw the container away with your household trash. Remember to scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medication packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.
By taking these medication disposal steps you are helping unused and expired medication from getting to the hands of people they were not prescribed to.