Clean Your Medicine Cabinets for National Drug Take-Back Day

prescription drugs and bottleThis Saturday, April 7 is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s sixth National Drug Take-Back Day, so it’s a great time to clean out all the medicine cabinets in your home. Some of you may be in the habit of flushing expired prescription pills down the toilet or just tossing them in the trash, but neither one of these are very good ideas. Flushed medications can potentially harm the environment, and throwing them in the trash leaves them exposed to thieves or curious little children who might get their fingers on them.

So, if you’ve been hanging on to expired prescription meds just because you’re not sure how to dispose of them properly, now’s the time to clear the clutter. There will be collection sites established around the country, most open from 10 am to 2pm. To find a site close to you, simply visit the National Take-Back Initiative’s website and enter your zip code.

Over 2 million pounds of pills have been collected in previous years, so certainly, this program has seen a lot of success and prevented some potentially unsafe situations. Do you part by cleaning out your medicine cabinets today and protect those around you from the hazards of misused prescription drugs!


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