On Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is giving the public the opportunity to turn in any unused or out-of-date prescription drugs for safe disposal on Drug Take-Back Day. This helps to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft and also helps you to rid your home of potentially hazardous medications.
Last September, Americans turned in more than 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. In the 10 previous “Take-Back” events, the DEA and its partners have collectively taken more than 5.5 million pounds of pills.
Proper disposal of prescription medication is important for both public health and safety. Unused medications in the household are more likely to be stolen, misused and abused. Rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Studies show that most of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends. And Americans are now advised that flushing medications down the toilet poses serious health and safety hazards.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi is committed to supporting the health and safety of our members and providing you the information you need to make smart choices related to prescription drugs. If you have any unused or expired medications, we encourage you to take advantage of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. You can find a disposal location near you by visiting the DEA’s website.