This April 27th will be the 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day — a day dedicated to encouraging us to bring the leftover and unused drugs in our medicine cabinet to a designated site for safe disposal.
I was a House member back in 2010 when Take Back Day got started. I supported it then and still do to this day.
According to its sponsor, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the most recent Take Back Day held last October offered nearly 6,000 collection sites and hauled in more than 900,000 pounds of unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications, bringing the total amount collected to date to almost 11 million pounds. That’s 5,000 tons of fewer drugs available to divert for potentially life-threatening misuse or to inappropriately flush into our water supply. Coupled with year-round collection kiosks in many communities today, we’ve come a commendably long way.