DEA Hosts National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
DEA to provide a venue for people to safely dispose of unused prescription drugs
Keeping water free from chemicals is one way to help ensure the health and safety of 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 water clean is an important public health goal.
To help keep 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 our water.
Do you have unwanted or expired prescription drugs? Dispose of them safely on Saturday, April 26.
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