The Drug Enforcement Administration and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners have announced a nationwide prescription drug "take-back" day that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. DEA will collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.