The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and
participating local law enforcement are coordinating a nationwide drug
"take-back" day on April 27th from 10 am to 2 pm. This one-day event
will provide residents with no cost anonymous collection of unwanted and
It's a great time to clean out your medicine cabinet! Medicines in the home are a leading
cause of accidental poisoning and flushed or trashed medicines can end
up polluting our waters. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly
high - over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family
member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without
What if I miss this event, what I can do?
the safety of our kids, families and environment, some communities,
pharmacies, and law enforcement are paying for temporary
ongoing take-back programs to help you properly dispose of unwanted and
expired medicines in your homes until a permanent statewide program is
Experts agree: Take-back programs are the first choice.
Law enforcement, public health, and environmental professionals stand
united in support of take-back programs, such as the DEA’s take-back
event on Saturday, April 27th, as the safest and most responsible way to
dispose of unwanted and expired medicines to protect your family and to
protect our waters. Although needed, events like this aren’t a permanent solution. The
DEA’s National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day is a great one-time
opportunity, but it provides only a band-aid solution to an ongoing
need. Year-round programs are required to ensure families in Washington
have ongoing access to safe disposal of unwanted and expired medicines.