April DEA National Rx Take Back Day

Published: April 12, 2019

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On April 27th, Drug Enforcement Administration , with support from public and private agencies like MAO around the country, will give the public its 17th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds—nearly 5,500 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 27 Take Back  Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com.

In preparation for the official take back on April 27th, MAO will be supporting the cause with the following collection days.

April 23, 24, & 25 – 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

In Montgomery, bring items to:
2900 McGehee Road, Montgomery, AL 36111

In Dothan, bring items to:
1865 Honeysuckle Road, Dothan, AL 36305

April 23 & 24 – 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

In Atmore, bring items to:
1321 South Main St., Ste. 2, Atmore, AL 36502

Bring your pills for disposal on the designated days. All information will be confidential. If possible, please remove all patient information from packaging. Do NOT remove medication name and description information.
No unused syringes or liquid medications please. MAO’s team members will be happy to advise you on the safe disposal of these items.

Following collection, MAO’s partners from local enforcement agencies will assist with the proper disposal of all collection items.

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