As part of its efforts to combat the opioid crisis in our country, the Drug Enforce­ment Agency is sponsoring National Prescrip­tion Take-Back Day Saturday, April 28. Disposing of unused drugs out of medicine cabinets can save a life. The non-medical use of prescrip­tion drugs ranks second as the most common form of drug abuse in America with 65 percent of abused prescrip­tion painkillers obtained from a friend or family member.

Take-back programs are the most effec­tive and safe way to dispose unused prescrip­tion drugs. Drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused or illegally sold and unused drugs that are flushed can conta­m­i­nate water supplies.

WSNA has been a long-time advocate for a statewide take-back program – a bill to create a statewide program passed the legis­la­ture and was signed into law by Governor Inslee in 2018. We look forward to this program’s imple­men­ta­tion and the avail­ability of secure medicine return drop boxes in all Washington commu­ni­ties. Until that time, the National Prescrip­tion Take-Back Day provides the oppor­tu­nity for Washington residents to clear out their medicine cabinets and poten­tially save lives.

Join WSNA on April 28 for National Prescrip­tion Take-Back Day between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Drop off your unused medica­tions at a desig­nated collec­tion site near you.

For more information, view the flyer below. #