Today is National Drug Take-Back Day, a day where anyone, anywhere in the US can go to a location and safely dispose of prescription drugs. If you have any painkillers, opioids/opiates, sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs that have been sitting in your cabinet, do the right thing and find a location to dispose of your unused medications safely. You might safe a life! You can also get rid of conventional drugs such as antibiotics by visiting one of the locations.
Why Dispose of Drugs on National Take-Back Day?
During most of the year, it’s nearly impossible to dispose to dispose of any addictive drugs safely. Pharmacies don’t want the liability when dealing with opioids and other dangerous drugs, so they won’t let you return them. Flushing them or throwing them away can contribute to tainting the water, soil, and environment. Don’t do it! Future generations certainly don’t need the added worry of addictive substances in the water. There is also the worry that if you throw the drugs in the trash, somebody could sift through it and use or resell any pills. Please don’t take the chance – take the time to dispose of your drugs safely and properly.
Find a Take-Back Location
Use Google’s tool to find a take-back location. If you can’t do it today, check the DEA website for any sites that operate year-round, and learn how to dispose of drugs safely. If you live near a Walgreens, they have disposal pouches to offer year-round, and many other pharmacies have similar options. Ask your pharmacist for information on disposing of drugs safely.
What Drugs Can I Return on Take-Back Day?
On Take-Back Day, you can take the opportunity to return pretty much any prescription drug, but please be careful if you are returning any hardcore opioid such as fentanyl. Most of these drugs are usually recommended to flush down the toilet if a disposal site isn’t available. The long-term damages caused by flushing are grim — this is why many of our fish have large doses of lithium in their system, for example.
On take-back day, you can dispose of ANY drug.
However, it’s a great time to dispose of the following dangerous drugs safely, too:
- Diastat/Diastat AcuDial rectal gel
- Hysingla ER
- Zohydro ER
- Dilaudid, Exalgo
- Daytrana transdermal patch system
- Arymo ER, Embeda, Kadian, Morphabond ER, MS Contin, Avinza
- Combunox, Oxaydo (formerly Oxecta), OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, Roxicet, Roxicodone, Targiniq ER, Xartemis XR, Xtampza ER, Roxybond
- Opana, Opana ER
- Nucynta, Nucynta ER
- Sodium Oxybate
- Xyrem oral solution
and any other drug you aren’t using and don’t plan to use, especially those that can be abused.