National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is on Saturday, April 29, 2017, and is a day on which prescription medications may be taken to local collection sites, including the Bethlehem Town Park, so that they may be properly disposed of. The major purpose of drug take back day is to provide a safe and responsible way of disposing of prescription medications, as well as providing education and awareness about drug abuse and misuse.
National drug take back day began back in 2010, created by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a way to allow patients an appropriate and safe opportunity to get rid of their unused medications. In 2016, a record high 893,498 pounds (or 447 tons) of unwanted medications were collected, shattering the old record of 390 tons collected in 2014.1
It is vastly important for everyone to understand the vital role they each play in making their homes and communities safer, especially with the opioid abuse epidemic ravaging the country. It is known that the majority of prescription drug abusers get their drugs from friends and family, and that 8 out of 10 new heroin users began by abusing prescription painkillers.1 This opportunity to clean out drawers, tables, medicine cabinets only helps decrease the chances of someone close misusing and/or abusing those medications!
On Saturday, April 29, 2017 you can stop by the Bethlehem Town Park to dispose of any unwanted or unused medications. Both controlled and non-controlled substances are being accepted, however intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will NOT be! For more information visit the town’s website!
- DEA collects record-setting amount of meds at latest national Rx take-back day [internet]. 2016 [cited April 15, 2017]. Available from: https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq050616.shtml