Safely dispose your unused, expired, or unneeded prescription medication
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take advantage of this opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose expired or unneeded medications.
Independence Blue Cross supports the nationwide effort to clear homes of expired, unused, unwanted, and potentially dangerous prescription drugs during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. There are over 100 drop off locations in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Prevention plays an important role in combating opioid addiction. Prohibiting unauthorized or illegal access to prescription opioids is a strong first step. Children and teens who first abuse prescription drugs often obtain them from the home medicine cabinets of family or friends who do not properly dispose of unused or outdated medication, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.
During the 17th National Take Back Day on April 27, 2019, Pennsylvania collected nearly 40,000 pounds of prescription drugs. Since the inception of drug take-back boxes in 2014, Pennsylvania has collected and destroyed more than 626,000 pounds of prescription drugs.