The 14th National Take Back Day is happening Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. National Take Back Day takes place twice a year and is dedicated to providing a safe, easy, discrete and educational way to dispose of unused or expired prescription medication to help prevent substance abuse within the community.
Visit www.dea.gov to find a drop off location near you.
Improper disposal of prescribed drugs can lead to illegal use of drugs and access for youth. Additionally, flushing prescribed drugs down the toilet to dispose of the medications could contaminate the water.
Currently the nation is under an opioid crisis, indicating that proper disposal is even more crucial. The consequences of prescription drug abuse can include death, illness, violence, crime, health problems, academic failure and other undesired events.
In the 2016 Texas School Survey, 1 in 10 students from grades 7-12 reported having used prescription medication for recreational purposes. In addition, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health states that 7 out of 10 people over age 12 who misuse prescription medications get them from friends or family members. Sometimes, misusers steal the medication from the medicine cabinets at home.
No questions will be asked about the medications being disposed or personal information. Simply drop off your unused or expired medication.
On the previous take back event in April, approximately 5,000 pounds of drugs were donated in the Rio Grande Valley.
For more information on prescription medication misuse or any other drug use, please visit the Prevention Resource Center 11 website at www.prc11.org. PRC11, a program of Behavioral Health Solutions of South Texas, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to prevent alcohol and other drug use in our communities.