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Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Find a location to drop off your old or unused medicine.

If you rely on Social Security, you may be eligible for extra help with paying for prescription drugs. Apply online.

Dispose of Prescription Drugs on April 27

Saturday, April 27 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

If you have unwanted prescription drugs or over-the-counter medicines, this is a great opportunity to safely discard them.

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Properly disposing of medicines is important to human health and environmental protection.  

  • Don’t flush medicines down the toilet or drain. Doing so could affect drinking water sources.
  • Don’t throw medicines directly in the trash. Doing so could lead to the poisoning of a child or pet, or drug abuse by a teen or adult. 
  • Do find out how to properly dispose of medicines (PDF).

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Prescription Drug Safe Practices and Cost Assistance

If your health care provider gives you a new prescription, you can use these resources relating to drug safety and cost, including:

Learn more about prescription drug safety and cost.

Drop Off Unused Prescription Drugs on Saturday

If you have old prescription drugs sitting in your medicine cabinet, you can get rid of them safely on Saturday. The Drug Enforcement Administration will hold a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, when you will be able to drop off expired, unneeded or unused prescription drugs at events across the country.

Prescription drug abuse is a fast-growing problem in the United States. In 2009, more people abused prescription drugs than tried marijuana for the first time. Most prescription drug abusers find pills in the medicine cabinets of friends and family members. So clean out your medicines cabinets this week and drop off all those unused pills.

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