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DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Collection Site Locator Now Available

April 9, 2014 5:30 PM

Written by: NABP National Association of  Boards of Pharmacy

Now available online, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection site locator allows consumers to search for a nearby location to dispose of unneeded medications on Saturday, April 26, 2014. On this day, from 10 am to 2 pm, thousands of DEA-coordinated collection sites will be available across the country, and consumers are encouraged to use this opportunity to safely and legally dispose of any unneeded pills, including prescription pain pills and other controlled substance medications, as these pills can only be accepted for disposal when law enforcement is present.

DEA reminds consumers that the take-back service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. Sites will accept tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms of unwanted medication. Personal information may be blacked out on prescription bottles, or medications may be emptied from the bottles into the bins provided at the events. Check the DEA collection site locator often, as new locations will be added until April 26, 2014.

Consumers have disposed of over 3.4 million pounds of unwanted medication during previous DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days. During the seventh DEA take-back event on October 26, 2013, more than 5,500 locations provided take-back services across all 50 states and US territories. More information and a link to the DEA Take-Back Day collection site locator is available on theAWARxE® website.

Not Following Prescription Instructions Can Lead to Further Health Issues, CDC Indicates

Trying to save money on prescription costs, many people younger than 65 fail to take their medications as prescribed, reports a new CDC study. About 13% of people younger than 65 did not take their medications as prescribed, compared with about 6% of those 65 and older. People indicated they were trying to save money on their medications. About 6% of the people under 65 who did not take their medications according to the instructions tried alternative therapies. CDC stresses that not taking medications as prescribed can lead to the original illness returning and even emergency room visits. The report,“Strategies Used by Adults to Reduce Their Prescription Drug Costs,”(PDF) is available on the CDC Web site.
Article by: National Association of Boards of Pharmacy Foundation