National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

SEPTEMBER 01, 2015
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a great time for individuals to safely dispose of prescription medications and help reduce drug abuse.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently announced that the 10th annual program will take place on September 26, 2015, from 10 am to 2 pm local time at sites throughout the country. Pennsylvania and Delaware will have their drug take-back day on September 12, 2015. 

Throughout National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, pharmacists can educate patients about appropriate drug disposal to prevent prescription drug abuse and diversion. Pharmacists can also assist patients in locating a collection site near them.
 
The DEA has a library of free educational resources that pharmacists can distribute to pateints, including posters and handouts.1  Since the program’s inception in 2010, more than 4 million pounds of medications have been collected.
 
Pharmacists can play an active role in educating patients on the importance of appropriate drug disposal.
 
Reference:
  1.  Drug Enforcement Administration. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Available at: http://www.dea.gov/take-back/takeback-day_2015_sep.html. Accessed September 1, 2015.


Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh
Jennifer Gershman, PharmD, CPh, received her PharmD degree from Nova Southeastern University (NSU) College of Pharmacy in 2006 and completed a 2-year drug information residency. She served as a pharmacy professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy for 6 years, managed the drug information center, and conducted medication therapy management reviews. Dr. Gershman has published research on prescription drug abuse, regulatory issues, and drug information in various scholarly journals. Additionally, she received the Sheriff’s Special Recognition Award for her collaboration with the Broward, Florida Sheriff’s Office to prevent prescription drug abuse through a drug disposal program. She has also presented at pharmacist and physician continuing education programs on topics that include medication errors, prescription drug abuse, and legal and regulatory issues. Dr. Gershman can be followed on Twitter @jgershman2
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