Saturday, September 26, 2015 is National drug take back day. The California Medical Association (CMA) is encouraging the public to turn in unused or expired medication for safe disposal. On this day, hundreds of locations throughout California will be accepting and properly disposing of unused prescription drugs, including controlled substances. Proper disposal of unused prescription drugs helps prevent abuse and keeps pharmaceuticals out of landfills and waterways.
This one-day event will provide patients with free, anonymous collection of unwanted and expired medicines. During previous Take Back events over the past five years, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons, of drugs were collected nationwide.
In addition to providing a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, the event also aims to educate the general public about the potential for abuse of these medications.
According to the CMA:
-Most abused prescription drugs come from family or friends. You can help by properly disposing of your unused medications!
-Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
-Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken
without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
-The 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 unused and expired medications.
-Hundreds of collection sites in California will be able to accept all medications, including controlled substances, on September 26, 2015. For a collection site near you visit the Drug Enforcement Agency website or call (800) 882-9539.
-Other facilities collect some medications (non-controlled substances) throughout the year. For a collection site near you visit Cal Recycle.
* The information contained in this Blog is intended for general information and educational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice or an opinion of counsel.