National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 4/22

National prescription drug take back day is the day you can dispose of unused or expired prescriptions. It is unacceptable to dispose of prescriptions in the sink or toilet. The Drug Enforcement Administration with host DEA’s National Prescription Take Back Day at locations across the country. They will collect tablets, capsules, patches and other solid forms of prescription drugs (DEA. gov, 2023)

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“Collection sites will not accept syringes, sharps and illicit drugs. Liquid products such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The cap must be tightly sealed to prevent leakage” (, 2023).

The DEA (2023) recommends to take the medications out of their bottle and mix them with something unappealing like kitty litter or coffee grounds if a program is not available in your area. Seal them in a bag or disposable container, and throw them away (DEA. gov, 2023)

For more information go to OR call 1-800-882-9539.

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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