BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Time to clean out the medicine cabinet–the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Deaths from prescription drug overdoses have reached epidemic levels according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; in 2014; more than 28,000 people died from an overdose, more than any other recorded year. The state of Alabama had a nearly 20 percent increase in overdose deaths from 2013-2014.
Access to the drugs is one of the key factors in the rise in drug overdose deaths, BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama says.
“Expired and unused prescription drugs left in homes can often get in the wrong hands which can be harmful and even deadly,” said Dorinda Cale, Director of Pharmacy Benefit Management, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. “We encourage everyone to take this opportunity to properly dispose of all medications in their homes that are no longer needed. This also includes over-the-counter medications.”
The Take-Back Day is free and anonymous. You can find a collection location near you on this website.