On Saturday, temporary collection sites will be set up around the country to accept all of your unused, expired, and otherwise unwanted prescription drugs as part of National Drug Take Back day, which will help prevent improper disposal of drugs into our environment or misuse. According to a 2018 survey on drug use and health, an estimated 9.9 million Americans misuse prescription drugs. In this same survey, most of those who misuse prescription drugs obtained them through friends and family. As the DEA’s website writes, National Drug Take Back Day is meant to help address this issue and promote general drug safety.
In April, nearly one million pounds of prescription drugs were collected from over 6,000 collection sites and nearly 5,000 participating law enforcement agencies. (The event happens twice a year.) Using the DEA’s locator on its website, you can find a collection site near you; most sites will be open between 10am and 2pm, depending on your location. Participation is anonymous, and for the first time, you can also drop off vape pens and e-cigarette cartridges so that they will be disposed of properly, in case the recent vaping illness has caused you to reconsider.