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DEA to provide a venue for people to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs
Dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs safely on Saturday, Oct. 26 — National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
Keeping the nation’s water free from chemicals is one way to help ensure the health and safety of our water sources. Research has shown that pharmaceuticals — including prescription drugs — are present in the nation’s water and may cause environmental harm. Although there is no current evidence that these pharmaceuticals in the environment are responsible for any negative health effects in humans, keeping the nation’s water clean is an important public health goal.
To help keep the nation’s water free from prescription drugs, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) works with state and local law enforcement agencies to host National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The purpose of this day is to provide a venue for people to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs so they do not put the drugs in the trash or flush them down the toilet, where they could eventually end up in water sources.
For more information on how pharmaceuticals and personal care products affect water, visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s pharmaceuticals and personal care products website.