Return Your Drugs
About 70 percent of people gain access to drugs for the first time through family and friends’ medicine cabinets. Often times people will be prescribed painkilling medication and not finish the bottle, thus leaving harmful and addicting pills in their homes for others to obtain. Attorney General Eric Holder announced there will be an expansion to an already existing prescription drug return program, the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010. The expansion will allow pharmacies, hospitals and other authorized sources to take back unused medication.
This expansion is predicted to go into effect on October 9th of this year. You can also visit the DEA website for locations for an upcoming “take-back” day, in which you can return unused drugs, scheduled for Sept. 27.