Is your medicine cabinet full of expired drugs or medications you no longer use? Your prescriptions are for you. What’s safe for you might be harmful to someone else. Expired or unused medications can be a serious health risk for toddlers, teens, or family pets. About 50,000 children visit the emergency room each year from taking medications that were within their reach. They can also be misused by others. Studies show that more than 70% of people who misuse prescription drugs get them from friends or family members. Over 30,000 overdose deaths each year are due to prescription drugs. That’s why CareSource wants to remind you to safely get rid of any unused or expired drugs.
You have options to dispose of medications that have expired or that you are no longer taking:
CareSource offers free DisposeRx packets to help you dispose of expired drugs or medications you no longer use. These packets are safe for the environment, easy to use, and will help reduce drug misuse.
Drug Take Back Day
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsors the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day each year. The next Drug Take Back Day is October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To learn more, go to takebackday.dea.gov.
Year-Round Drug Disposal
There are also drug disposal sites available year-round. To see a list of sites near you, visit deadiversion.usdoj.gov/pubdispsearch.
To learn more about how to properly dispose of old, unused, or expired medicine, check out the DEA’s drug disposal page.