DEA National Drug TakebackHelp Stop the Opioid Epidemic! We are collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription medicines from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 27 at the Livingston ELKS Lodge, during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Takeback Day.
Did you know that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse? Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The October 27th takeback is the sixteenth in eight years which aim to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills or patches for disposal to the Livingston Elk's Lodge #246, 130 South 2nd Street. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. PLEASE NOTE we cannot accept liquids, needles, inhalers or sharps--- only pills or patches.
Last April Americans turned in 456 tons (912,305 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over nine million pounds—more than 4,508 tons—of pills.