Second National Drug Take Back Day — April 30, 2011

The purpose of National Take Back Day is to provide a safe and secure location for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription medicines. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, conducted the first ever National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s (SAMHSA) National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. There are also environmental consequences of disposal of unused medications. Pharmaceuticals that are dumped down drains and toilets can end up in lakes, streams, and watersheds.