When accidents happen with chemicals, medicine, or household items, call Poison Help. Get help right away from a local poison expert.
If someone is unconscious or has trouble breathing, call 911.
The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners will hold their next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time at sites nationwide. This free, anonymous, no questions asked initiative prevents pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. It also addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high--more Americans currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those using cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, according to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Last October, Americans turned in over 377,086—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at 5,327 sites operated by the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners.
Find a nearby collection site by visiting the DEA Web site.