If you missed National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, you can find a controlled substance public disposal location in the area by visiting takebackday.dea.gov.
Started by the DEA, National Prescription Drug Take Back Day was created with the purpose of helping adults clean out their medicine cabinets.
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Last year, the DEA collected and destroyed close to one million pounds, nearly 475 tons, of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, making it the most successful event in DEA history, according to the DEA’s website.
According to a study by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2016 six million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.