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Healthy Homes - Prescription Drug Disposal

 

Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Scheduled for September 27, 2014


The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is spearheading a nationwide Drug Take-Back event on September 27, 2014. Called the "National Take-Back Day", this event provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

The Division of Public Health and several organizations throughout the state are helping to organize this effort. There will be several collection sites throughout the State of Delaware on the day of this event. Locations and additional information can be found here.

Medicines play an important role in treating certain health conditions and diseases, but they must be disposed of with care to avoid harming the environment. The Delaware Division of Public Health supports efforts to ensure the safe and secure disposal of unused, unwanted, or expired medications.

  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or drain
  • Do not throw medications away in the trash

Instead, the public should take advantage of pharmaceutical "take-back" programs.

Controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter medications will be collected. Liquid products and creams in their containers will be accepted. Sharps and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

This program is absolutely anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made by law enforcement personnel present. Participants will remove any personal information from bottles or packages that contain pills/capsules and liquids and place the bottles or packages into the disposal box.

Made possible with the cooperation of the Delaware Cancer Consortium, and underwritten in part by the Delaware Health Fund.


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Last Updated: Friday August 29 2014
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