15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 28th

Just like you change the batteries in your smoke detectors annually, it is once again time to clean out the medicine cabinet...and wherever else you have old pills stashed. The 15th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 28th. Turn your old pills in safely and anonymously.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro said, "I urge residents to clean out their medicine cabinets, gather medications they no longer need and safely dispose of them ... keeping them out of the hands of those who might abuse them." After collecting more than 9 million pounds (4,500 tons) of expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at 14 previous events over the past 8 years, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its national, tribal, and community partners hope to collect a record-breaking amount this year.

Medications steadily accumulate, and most are stored indefinitely or discarded improperly Many Americans flush them down the toilet or throw them away, posing safety and environmental hazards. The medications — antibiotics, cholesterol and blood-pressure meds, acetaminophen and more enter the waterways through sewage outfalls after people excrete unmetabolized doses, or when they flush unused pills or dump medicine down the drain.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

You can locate a location near you @ https://takebackday.dea.gov/

References: https://takebackday.dea.gov/
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