October 22nd is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day!

Join with Americans all across the country by properly disposing of your unused or expired prescription drug medications. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled a national Rx drug take-back day for this Saturday, October 22nd. From 10 am to 2 pm take your unused or expired meds and dispose of them at a drop box location. Drop box locations are typically found in local sheriff offices. Simply take off any identifying information on the bottle and discard- no questions asked!

Looking for places to dispose of your old medications? Visit GA Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Initiative: http://stoprxabuseinga.org/prescription-drug-disposal/for more information and to find an authorized collector in your community.

Why is the disposal of medicines so important? More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in motor vehicle crashes and the majority of those overdoses involve prescription medications. Health care providers write millions of prescriptions for opioid pain medications each year and unused or expired medications can accumulate in family medicine cabinets. Ove 70% of teens who abuse Rx drugs first begin with medications that they find in their own homes or the medicine cabinets of friends and relatives. With 90% of addiction starting in the teenage years we need to safeguard our homes and protect our families (Partnership for Drug Free Kids). Join your fellow Georgians in safely disposing of unused/expired medications this Saturday, October 22nd!

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