National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

 

Saturday April 30th, 2016

10:00 AM—2:00 PM

 

Please note that due to regulations, medications can only be accepted during event hours. No inhalers, sharps, or glass accepted.

 

 

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is hosting its 11th National Medication Take-Back Day on April 30 this year. This event is designed to promote awareness of and reduce abuse of prescription drugs in the United States.

 

Anyone in the community can come to a dropoff location to get rid of their unused and expired prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. The unused, expired or unneeded medications will be safely disposed of, in a way that will not harm the environment or contaminate the water supply.

 

Drugs that are flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage run the risk of breaking down and leeching their chemicals into the surroundings. Proper disposal means a safer environment for everyone.

 

Drug Take-Back Day’s biggest goal is to reduce the abuse of prescription drugs. If there are expired or large amounts of prescription drugs in your home that aren’t being used, they are targets for drug abusers who often feed their habit by taking drugs that were prescribed to friends or family members.

 

Children, teens, and even pets also are at risk for overdosing on unused medications, whether by accident or intentionally. All medications in the house should be kept securely, out of the reach of those to whom they are not prescribed.

 

Improve the safety of your community and environment by participating in this year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Family Pharmacy will be hosting a medication take back at two of their area locations; Family Pharmacy in Springfield at 4728 S. Campbell and Family Pharmacy in Nixa at 105 Ridgecrest.

 

For questions about the event, call 1-800-882-9539.

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