September 2012: Drug Takeback Day
The US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) fifth semiannual National Takeback Day program will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012, from 10 AM to 2 PM local time. At the last event, in April, 276 tons of unused, expired, or excess medication was collected, bringing the total for the four events held to over 1.5 million pounds (774 tons).
The Academy encourages its members to make patients aware of these events. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicate that about 70% of the time someone misuses a prescription opioid medication, the source of that medication is family or friends – often from home medicine cabinets.
Please help your patients eliminate unwanted or unneeded medications from their homes so we can reduce the risk of diversion, misuse, and abuse. To find out where your local event will be held, visit the DEA website at http://1.usa.gov/UpAccQ. Enter your location, and a list of Takeback Day event locations will appear.
The three .pdf files below contain flyers you can complete, print, and give to your patients. Each of these is set up so you can type in the location, then print the flyer and either post it in your offices or give it to patients.
Thank you for all you do for your patients, and thank you for supporting this important event.