National Prescription Drug Take Back Day - 10/28/17

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

National Prescription Take Back Day initiative 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, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Drop Site Information:

Search by Zip Code or County/City/State within a 10-100 mile radius using the Collection Site Search website at:

Additional collection sites are added daily, please visit the websites often for updates. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 28 State “Take Back Day” events, go to the DEA Diversion website.

Making Healthcare Decisions

e-Update from the National Institute on Aging



If you are faced with making healthcare decisions for someone who is dying and no longer able to make his or her own decisions, ask the medical staff these 7 questions:

  • What is the care plan? What are the benefits and risks?
  • How often should we reassess the care plan?
  • If we try using the ventilator to help with breathing and decide to stop, how will that be done?
  • If my family member is dying, why does he or she have to be connected to all those tubes and machines? Why do we need more tests?
  • What is the best way for our family to work with the care staff?
  • How will I make sure to get daily updates on my family member’s condition?

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