Eric Idle, as a body collector, immortalized the phrase, “Bring out your dead,” in the 1975 comedy classic, Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Drug Enforcement Administration (“DEA”) could voice a modern variation, “Bring out your meds,” as the agency and its law enforcement partners host local drop-off locations nationwide for safe disposal of unneeded medication on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. local time.
Stockpiles of old, unwanted and expired controlled prescription medication in medicine cabinets are susceptible to theft, misuse and abuse.
DEA hosts National Prescription Drug Take Back Days each spring and autumn. DEA’s Take Back Day last October collected almost 650,000 pounds of unneeded medication at about 5,000 collection sites. DEA’s bi-annual Take Back Days have collected nearly 17 million pounds of medication since 2010. More information about DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, including disposal locations, can be found at: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. That DEA website also lists permanent, year-round disposal locations.
So, bring out your meds! Bring out your meds!