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DEA encourages communities to make Every Day Take Back Day

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The U.S Drug Enforcement Administration has launched a new campaign encouraging the public to make Every Day Take Back Day by utilizing year-round collection sites to dispose of unneeded and unwanted medications.

DEA has now registered a record 17,000 pharmacies as authorized collectors to help Americans dispose of unused prescription drugs any day of the year. These safe disposal receptacles, in addition to DEA's annual Take Back Day events, provide the public with an easy no-cost opportunity to anonymously dispose of medications that are no longer needed.

In 2023, DEA collected more than 1.2 million pounds of unneeded medications at more than 4,600 sites nationwide during their two one-day events. Take Back Day has helped Americans easily rid their homes of unwanted or expired medications.

Make Every Day Take Back Day by visiting https://www.dea.gov/everyday-takeback-day to find a pharmacy, hospital, or business with a DEA-registered year-round collection near you. In addition, many local police departments provide year-round drug disposal boxes.

Brandon Jones is a student news contributor for WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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