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This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
While the name may sound a bit silly, the nationwide event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible way for people to legally dispose of prescription medication that is either expired or unwanted, according to the Office of Diversion Control.
Although most people are aware of the dangers of medication abuse, not everyone knows that improperly disposing of drugs can harm the environment.
What's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day?
The Eighth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Several collection sites are located at local police departments and you can search for a location near you by visiting the Office of Diversion Control's website.
So far, this annual event has been fairly successful. In 2011, nearly 200 tons of expired or unwanted prescription or over-the-counter medication was properly disposed of. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is intended to limit access to unused prescription drugs and alert the public to the health hazards associated with improper drug disposal.
How to Dispose of Drugs
If you're unable to make it to a collection center for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, there are legal methods you can employ to safely get rid of your drugs.
Although you can dispose of drugs at home, it's best to get rid of them at a collection site through the National Take-Back Initiative -- ensuring they don't fall into the wrong hands.