Oct. 23 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Drug Takeback

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By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller

Both physicians and pharmacists from the Medical Association of the State of Alabama and Alabama Pharmacy Association are urging residents to remove any old, unwanted or unused prescription drugs from their homes and dispose of them Oct. 23 on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“Although most people take prescription medications responsibly, medicines that languish in homes are highly susceptible to theft, misuse and abuse,” said AMA President Dr. Aruna Arora in a statement. “By taking unneeded prescription drugs to a take-back site, you permanently remove these medications so they can never be abused or end up accidentally poisoning someone.”

On this day, the public can safely dispose of prescription medications at collection sites throughout the state.

Those who plan to bring in prescription drugs will remain anonymous. Under federal regulations, collection sites cannot require any personal information.

To find a site near you, visit online here.

“Pharmacy is proud to partner with the physicians of our state in this important effort,” said APA President Dr. Christy Garmon in a statement. “As the most accessible health care professionals and medication experts, pharmacists can provide valuable education on proper medication disposal in an effort to address abuse, accidental ingestion, and environmental pollution.”

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