Do you have unused or expired prescriptions in your home? Keep them out of the wrong hands by attending a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, Tennesseans will have the opportunity to dispose of their unused or expired prescriptions at one of more than 100 locations across the state. This event is part of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative. Attending a take-back event or visiting a drop box location is the most reliable way to safely dispose of your unused medications.
Substances Accepted at Take-Back Events1
- Unused or expired prescriptions that you legally possess
- Unused or expired medications that were prescribed to a person in your household
Substances Not Accepted at Take-Back Events1
- Illicit drugs, such as marijuana, heroin and LSD
- Insulin syringes or other medical sharps and needles
- Asthma inhalers
- Iodine-containing medications
- Mercury-containing thermometers
“With 52 percent of individuals statewide having concerns about a loved one’s becoming addicted, we want to provide more opportunities for people to safely dispose of their medications,” said Kristina Clark, co-founder of Count It! Lock It! Drop It!TM. “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day occurs twice a year, so we can better prevent these addictive drugs from getting into the wrong hands.”
Last April, Tennesseans disposed of more than 15 tons of drugs at 116 take-back events statewide during the DEA’s spring take-back event.
To find a take-back event near you, visit our Take-Back Event Finder.
1Source: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration