Oct 25, 2011

DEA Hosts Third Annual Drug Take Back Initiative

Scheduled for Oct. 29, local law enforcement offices to collect medicines for disposal

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is hosting its third National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday on Oct. 29 at many local law enforcement offices and other locations across the country.

Proper and safe disposal of medicine can help prevent poisoning of children and pets; misuse by teenagers and adults; health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine or medicine too old to work well; and medicines from entering rivers, lakes and streams.

Some medicines poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet pass through wastewater treatment plants and enter rivers, lakes and streams that are often used as sources for community drinking water supplies. To find a local collection site, visit the U.S. Department of Justice website.