The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency will hold its Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30, in an effort to stop drug abuse and potentially harmful contaminants from entering local water systems.
To find a location where you can return unused or expired prescription drugs near you, click here. The DEA will host more than 3,800 locations nationwide on April 30.
More than 6.5 million people in the U.S. abuse prescription drugs, according to the DEA, and overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related deaths. In the past five years, the DEA has destroyed more than 5.5. million pounds of unused prescription drugs.
Flushing drugs down the toilet contaminates waterways, even affecting how fish, frogs, waterfowl and other animals develop and behave. Some of the drugs, once dissolved, end back up in drinking water, unable to be filtered out by sewage treatment plants.