Good Riddance: October 28th is National Take Back Day
We’ve all faced the dilemma at one time or another. Maybe we ordered an online refill before the doctor was convinced that there was a need, and now there’s not. Perhaps they are/were part of a service which automatically sends them out each month. It could be a situation where the potency is in question or simply that the expiration date has passed. Or it could be something more concerning.
Whatever the case, when the time comes to get rid of that pesky prescription medication that is no longer needed, the question becomes…how? How do you dispose of something that is potentially hazardous or harmful, not only to yourself but others? Well, the answer is coming this weekend, this Saturday, October 28th has been declared National Take Back Day. For those of you unfamiliar with the event, it’s a way (as a recent Department of Justice (DOJ) press release states), “to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding…homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.”
Who Participates in National Take Back Day?
Medicines and other RX drugs that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. The DEA decided to launch the program as a means of addressing concerns involving the hazards posed by the usual methodology of disposal – throwing medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet. Now, partnering with the DOJ and more than 5,000 sites nationwide, National Take Back Day is seen as a “vital public safety and public health issue” and “one of the best ways to prevent a member of your family from becoming a victim of the opioid epidemic,” says DEA Acting Administrator Robert W. Patterson.
The Dos and Don’ts of National Take Back Day
For an RX pharmacy company like ours, it’s all part of the personalized service you’ve come to expect. One caveat for big healthcare facilities out there, however – Benzer is not a destruction company. We cannot and will not take drugs in bulk. There are also definite limits to what we can and cannot accept. Currently, the medication list Benzer is able to dispose of prescriptions, including ointments and patches, vitamins, pet meds, and any over-the-counter remedies. We cannot accept needles, inhalers, aerosol cans, hydrogen peroxide, thermometers, and any non-prescription ointment, lotions, or liquids.
Across the country, there are also several RX Take Back Boxes that can and will accept controlled substances. They are conveniently located at the following addresses:
32733 Eiland Blvd #103, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
2812 W Doctor M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Tampa, FL 33607
2309 Woolbright Rd #4, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
12071 Indian Rocks Rd, Largo, FL 33774
60 NE 1st St, Pompano Beach, FL 33060
6240 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48210
North Carolina Locations:
305 N Judd Pkwy NE, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526
11304 Hawthorne Dr #120, Mint Hill, NC 28227
According to the DOJ, more than 450 tons (or close to 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs were taken in just this past April. In fact, in the previous 13 Take Back events, over 8.1 million pounds, or 4,050 tons of pills were disposed of. Let Benzer help you do the right thing, and use National Take Back Day as a way of addressing those old and outdated medications, as well as the opioid epidemic.
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