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Don’t Invite Abuse: Send Your Excess Drugs Back

Don’t Invite Abuse:  Send Your Excess Drugs BackThroughout the country, the DEA is working with local law enforcement agency to step up the Take Back program, both by hosting drop-off events and adding additional disposal boxes to more police stations. Take Back accepts unwanted and expired medications and safely disposes of them, a much better alternative to throwing them away or letting them languish in your medicine cabinet.

Without these sorts of programs, our disposal methods are generally limited to either dropping old pills into the trash or flushing them down the toilet, and neither option is really very acceptable. Pills in the trash may be intercepted by someone who wants to abuse them, or they may leech into the water table at whatever disposal site they go to.

In addition, while water treatment plants are designed to eliminate various kinds of debris and waste from sewer water, they aren’t equipped to deal with the sort of complex molecules which make up modern medicine. All too often, they enter the water supply, putting humans and other animals at risk.

At the same time, medications have expiration dates for a very good reason. Medicines can break down over time, causing them to lose their effectiveness or even turn into dangerous poisons with unexpected side effects. Using an expired medication can be hazardous to your health, and keeping a bottle of the stuff around is like daring yourself to not use it by mistake each and every day.

The Take Back program also has the benefit of being totally anonymous. No one records your name, how many pills you dispose of, or what kind they are – the only goal is to get excess prescription drugs out of circulation in a way that doesn’t invite abuse and doesn’t contaminate the environment.

There is one downside to the program, however: it doesn’t give you any refund or rebate for all the pills you didn’t use. If you had to pay a small fortune for a full course of pills and you only used half, there isn’t much you can do to get your money back.

However, there are a few ways you can get a decent bargain in the first place. For instance, the USA Rx pharmacy discount card can provide you with up to 75 percent discounts to both brand-name and generic drugs, discounts which are often lower than insurance copays. If you’d like to learn more, our toll-free number is 888-277-3911 and our contact email is [email protected].