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Dump drugs on DEA

Still have some of those muscle relaxants in the medicine cabinet from the time you strained your back a couple years ago? How about the Percocet left over after you recovered from delivering your now four-year-old child? These old, expired pills are more than just space wasters, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration which says these unused drugs are often taken and abused by family members.

Dump drugs on DEA

Still have some of those muscle relaxants in the medicine cabinet from the time you strained your back a couple years ago? How about the Percocet left over after you recovered from delivering your now four-year-old child?

These old, expired pills are more than just space wasters, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration which says these unused drugs are often taken and abused by family members.

“Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs,” the DEA said in a press release announcing the first-ever Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back day.

But don’t just throw your old pills in the trash or flush them – both potential health and safety hazards. On Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm, you can take the medicines anonymously to any of thousands of sites across the country.

It gives a whole new meaning to fall clean up day.

It’s pills only; the sites won’t be taking IV or injectable solutions or used needles. And leave your pot at home as “illicit” substances such as marijuana, methamphetamine and cocaine are not part of this program.

Here’s a website where you can find the closest sites (often at local police departments) to you by entering your zip code.

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Michael R. Cohen, R.Ph. President, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Daniel R. Hoffman, Ph.D. President, Pharmaceutical Business Research Associates
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