Return Unused, Unwanted Medicines This Weekend

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is providing an opportunity for those who have accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of those medications.

AstraZeneca supports the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help people dispose of unwanted or unused medicines – and help prevent prescription drug abuse and misuse.

Take Back Day will be held on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time across the country. You can find a collection site near you by following the directions in this link.

As our trade organization Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) noted before the last Take Back Day:

National Take Back Day combines necessary law enforcement oversight with educational and grassroots community advocacy to create a voluntary program that attempts to prevent prescription medicine diversion. Unlike unsupervised, unregulated take back programs, the DEA’s National Take Back Day offers consumers a voluntary program with guidance on handling unused and expired medications.

If you would like to dispose of your medicines before (or after) Take Back Day, the pharmaceutical industry works with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the American Pharmacists Association on the SMARxT Disposal Program to help provide answers to common questions on the safe disposal of medicines.

More information on that initiative can be found here.