Dispose of Old Prescription Drugs This Saturday, DEA Advises


Courtesy of the Drug Enforcement Administration, this Saturday, April 27, is National Prescription Take-Back Day. Expired or unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off at a site near you, no questions asked, says NPR. Prescription opioid painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin have fueled a decade-long rise in drug overdose deaths, with more than half of the 38,000 deaths in 2010 due to opioids, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prescription drugs, including narcotics, sleeping pills and diabetes pills are among the ones that pose high risks to kids.

You can find a place to turn in drugs at this site. Most of them are police departments. Is it wise to show up at a cop shop with a bagful of Schedule II drugs, because possession by anyone other than the person on the prescription is a felony? “It’s really important for us to let people know that we’re not doing anything to track people’s behavior,” says Barbara Carreno, a DEA spokeswoman. “We are not in any way tracking or paying attention to who brings what. It’s all dumped in together.”

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