WASHINGTON, DC – This Saturday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will hold its 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of excess prescription drugs, while also raising awareness of the opioid crisis and the potential for abuse of medications.
During the most recent National Take Back Day in April of 2018, the DEA collected more than 470 tons of unused prescription drugs at nearly 6,000 collection sites nationwide. These medications, when not collected or properly disposed of, easily fuel the opioid crisis gripping our nation, and cause harm to family and friends. Energy and Commerce Committee members participated in Take Back Day events across the country, as well as one here in the nation’s capital.
In the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 11.5 million Americans reported abusing prescription drugs and more often than not, these people acquired these drugs from friends and family. Take Back Day gives each of us the opportunity to safely dispose of our unused or expired medication, doing our part to stop the scourge of opioids flooding our streets.
As our nation continues to battle the devastating opioid crisis, it is important everyone looks for ways to be part of the solution. To find a collection location nearby and turn in unused prescription drugs, visit https://takebackday.dea.gov/.
To learn more about the work Energy and Commerce has been doing to combat the opioid crisis, click here.