April 21, 2021
MCHD supports annual Take Back Day for prescription drugs
MOBILE, Ala. — With opioid overdose deaths increasing during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration announces its 20th annual Take Back Day is scheduled for April 24. At its last Take Back Day in October, DEA collected a record-high amount of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications, with the public turning in close to 500 tons of unwanted drugs. The DEA has brought in more than 6,800 tons of prescription drugs.
With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 83,544 Americans overdosing during the 12-month period ending July 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.
The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement. According to the DEA, the Mobile Police Department will provide a drop-off location at its headquarters (2460 Government Street in Mobile). The Mobile County Sheriff’s Department will have drop-off locations at Costco (1450 Tingle Circle East in Mobile), Walgreens #15151 (5707 Cottage Hill Road in Mobile), CVS #4888 (4453 Old Shell Road in Mobile), Walgreens #10851 (6395 Airport Blvd. in Mobile), CVS #7671 (1401 Hillcrest Road in Mobile), and its South Side Location (5808 U.S. 90 in Theodore). Medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop off locations provided lithium batteries are removed. Learn more about the event at www.deatakeback.com, or by calling 800-882-9539.