Friday, April 25, 2014

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is April 26th!

Do you have prescriptions at home that go unused or that you no longer need? Now is the time to spring clean those medicine cabinets and get rid of medications that you no longer need or that have expired. On April 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is sponsoring a nation-wide drug take-back. 

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative addresses an important public safety and health issue. Prescription drugs that sit in medicine cabinets for a long period of time tend to be susceptible to abuse and misuse.

In the U.S. alone, prescription drug abuse is extremely high. By turning in old or unused medications, you can help alleviate this problem. Remember, medications should never be flushed down the toilet because it messes with the clean water supply.

By providing a drug take-back day, people have the opportunity to dispose of medications in an environmentally responsible and secure way. For more information on this initiative or to find a collection site near you, please visit

Below is a list of Poison Control Centers who will also be participating in this:

North Texas Poison Center has partnered with Safe Kids Tarrant County for events to be held at 11 different locations.

West Texas Poison Center is holding an event at the University Medical Center of El Paso across from the entrance to the UMC Associate Parking Garage on 4625 Alberta.

Texas Panhandle Poison Center is holding an event in collaboration with the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Department, Voices Coalition, and StarCare. You can find more information here:!events/c5a2

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