Later this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) are sponsoring the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The event is designed to give people a safe way to dispose of prescription drugs. And there will be local drop-off spots around the country.
This year, the agencies have decided to accept vaping products as part of the take back day. In many ways, this decision is a response to the growing rates of youth vaping. Even more pressing, it is a response to the recent spike in vaping-related lung injury, illness, and death.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day 2019
The take back day is administered through the Diversion Control Division of the DOJ and DEA.
As per the official website, the event “aims 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.”
Prescription Drug Take Back Day will take place on Oct. 26. It will run from 10am until 2 pm. To find your nearest drop-off location, check out the DOJ’s website.
At these locations, you can drop off any old, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.