The United States is awash with unused and undisposed prescription drugs. At least 40 percent of prescription medications are not completely used and are likely to remain inside the home where insecure storage poses serious risks to the safety and health of vulnerable populations, such as children, adolescents, and individuals with substance use disorders. The good news is that people who are counseled about appropriate disposal methods are three times as likely to dispose of unused medication as those who receive no counseling.
In the face of a critical need to increase public awareness about proper medication disposal, drug take-back programs have emerged as an effective strategy for safe disposal. Expanding adoption of these programs nationwide represents an important opportunity to better protect American families and reduce substance misuse.
The U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) is responding to this challenge by supporting state, local, and tribal drug disposal and take-back efforts. Through the Comprehensive Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Program, BJA will complement current take-back efforts, especially the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, by:
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Journal of Pain Research article describing factors that contribute to disposal of unused opioid medication, finding a need to increase patient awareness about the importance and methods of proper medication disposal
Text of Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 allowing allows communities to establish drug take back programs so patients can safely dispose of old or unused prescription drugs
Webpage on Drug Enforcement Administration website describing National Prescription Drug Take Back Activities and providing site visitors information to initiate their own activities, as well as DEA press releases and other resources
Webpage on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website providing visitors with resources - videos, infographics, toolkits, articles, etc - about how to dispose of old or expired drugs
Webpage on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website providing visitors with practical information about how to dispose of old or expired drugs, as well as about drug take back activities