I posted information in April about the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Take Back Day and encouraged readers to locate a collection site nearby to rid themselves of unnecessary, unused prescriptions, over the counter and expired medications that may be accumulating in medicine cabinets, night stands, kitchen cupboards, etc. The 19th “Take Back Day”, held on April 24, 2021 at 5,060 collection sites across the United States collected on that one day, 839,543 pounds or 420 tons of medications. Of the 420 tons of medications collected, 43,475 pounds or nearly 22 tons came from the 241 collection sites in Ohio.
I was astounded when I read these statistics from the DEA website. Part of my job is to educate our community about the opioid epidemic we are battling. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we can describe the epidemic as evolving in waves that began with the overprescribing of pain medications and mass amounts of people becoming addicted to these medications and overdosing. I read about the epidemic and have studied the multiple factors that fed into this problem and still, I am amazed at the vast number of drugs that are manufactured and accessible in our communities. Safely disposing of our medications, all medications that are unused or expired is one way to make an impact on the issue of access. If they are out of our homes, they are not available for misuse or abuse…
On October 24, 2021, the DEA will be holding the 20th National Prescription Take Back Day partnering again with law enforcement entities from across the nation. I thought it important to talk about this again. I will be posting, closer to the event, a list of collection sites that will be in the greater Toledo Area. For those that are visiting A Place For Mary from communities outside of Lucas County, you can find a collection site on the DEA website. But, please do not wait if you have medications, particularly unwanted opioids in your home. Take them to a drug disposal box in your area. You can locate one near you by visiting this locater found here: DEA Drug Drop Box Locator
For a local list of drop boxes click here: Drop Boxes for Prescription Medications
Yes, we can make a concerted effort to do our part in safely removing unwanted and expired medications from our homes. The numbers tell me it is so. According to the DEA, the total poundage of medications collected over the years in the 19 Take Back Days from the collections sites across the nation was 14,524.391 or 7,262 tons. For more information about the DEA’s Take Back Day visit: https://takebackday.dea.gov/?src=dea.gov