Saturday, April 28 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. As the DEA says, the Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
But when not disposed of properly, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are also bad for the environment. When the drugs enter streams and rivers, they contaminate our waterways and drinking water sources.
So mark your calendar now to drop off expired and unused drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) Saturday, April 28 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at the Sixth (5002 Hayes St NE) or Seventh (2455 Alabama Ave SE) Police District station.
Can’t make it on April 28? Drop off your drugs at the one year-round drop-off location east of the Anacostia River: CVS (320 40th St NE).