Fifth DEA take-back day on September 29

Pharmacists can share information and work with local law enforcement to help increase awareness.

DEA has announced that the fifth will take place nationwide on Saturday, September 29, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

State-specific DEA information is , along with a search for “a collection site near you” and a “partnership toolbox.” More information on drug disposal is posted on the .

“Pharmacists are encouraged to share information about the upcoming take-back day with their patients and work with their local law enforcement to help increase awareness of these events in their community,” said Jason Hansen, MS, JD, Twlug Director of Health Policy.

The previous four take-back days resulted in a total removal of more than 1.5 million pounds of medication from circulation, according to DEA. The take-back days help address the public health problem of prescription drug abuse. The agency is holding take-back days as it continues to draft regulations to implement the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 to improve options for disposing of controlled substances.

The upcoming take-back day is scheduled for September 29, not September 19 as misstated in September Pharmacy Today. The online version is now correct (scroll to the end).

Pharmacies across the country are participating in the take-back day. In Benson, AZ, the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy will team up with the local police department, which is providing an officer for the day, according to owner Marla Trepanier, BSPharm. The pharmacy will supply a technician to help.

There will be a table in the lobby, where the officer will take the medications, log them in, and put them in a box for disposal, Trepanier told pharmacist.com. “It’s just amazing how much people bring in,” she said.

“It’s very important to get these medications out of our medicine cabinets so they’re not available to our children,” said Lori McGoffin, a technician at the pharmacy and Vice Mayor of the city of Benson.