Where to Drop Off Unused Prescription Meds Near You


Every year, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partners with local agencies throughout the country to administer safe and responsible drop-off sites for prescription medications. This year’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is this Saturday, April 28.

Easy access to prescription drugs has played a major role in the current opioid crisis. A significant portion of these drugs come from someone’s own home or the home of someone they know. In addition, other methods of disposal, such as flushing down the toilet, have been deemed unsafe and hazardous to public health and safety.  This makes responsible disposal of drugs all the more important.

To find a drop-off site near you, click here:

Reminder: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Tomorrow

prescription drug abuseGateway Treatment Center in Carbondale was paid a visit earlier this week from reporter Kathryn DiGisi of NBC affiliate WPSD-TV Channel 6 in Paducah, KY, for a news story about the upswing in prescription drug abuse across the region. Ms. DiGisi interviewed Gateway Substance Abuse Counselor Jennifer Casteel, who reminds parents that teens who abuse prescription drugs often start in their own home or their friends’ and family members’ homes.

NBC6 encourages local residents to do their part and responsibly dispose of leftover medications with the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 26, 2004.

The 8th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014
10 am – 2:00 pm

To find a Take Back location,click here. For more information about prescription drug abuse including helpful tips for parents about talking to children about substance abuse, click here.

Prescription Drug Abuse: A Vital Public Safety and Health Issue

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is September 29,2012

prescription drug abuseNational Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue: prescription drug abuse. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Furthermore, each day, approximately, 2,500 teens abuse prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.

If you have unused or expired medicine cluttering up your medicine cabinet and drawers, the DEA’s bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day taking place on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted prescriptions in a responsible manner.

Conscientious Americans have responded overwhelmingly to the most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. On April 28, 2012, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.

It is important to realize that just because something can be prescribed, doesn’t mean it isn’t dangerous. In fact, it’s the perception of safety that makes prescription drug abuse so dangerous. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment encourages you to be part of the solution to prescription drug abuse in America—properly dispose of your unwanted medicines and drop them off at designated locations on September 29. Please take advantage of this opportunity to safely discard prescription drugs in order to prevent unintended prescription drug abuse. Click here to find a list of National Take Back Initiative Collection(s) Sites in Illinois.

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