National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - Oct. 2021

Take Back Day October 23

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has designated Saturday, October 23, 2021 as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The DEA encourages local law enforcement agencies to provide safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs.

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From The DEA's Take Back Day Website:

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. [Stark numbers from] the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health:

  • 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers,
  • 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, 
  • and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019.

The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.

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