Did you know that April 26 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day? The DEA is working with local law enforcement agencies to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. They previously held this event on October 26th and collected 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of unwanted or expired medications.
BuzzBack recently sponsored a type 2 diabetes study last year with both patients and physicians. Physicians indicated that they must focus on patient compliance with patients. Other studies we have done for clients also indicate a patient compliance problem, mainly around “if I feel better and no longer have symptoms, I don’t have to finish my medicine.” This poor patient compliance results in many expired medicine sitting in people’s medicine cabinets and drawers.
Flushing your pills down the toilet can affect the environment and throwing pills away may end up in the wrong hands, so disposing of these meds this way is a win/win situation.
Local law enforcement agencies are sponsoring drop offs throughout the country. Follow this link to enter your zip code and find sites in your area where you can drop off your old medications. Turn in your unused or expired medications at a safe disposal site and save the environment and help avoid abuse of these expired medications.