National drug take back day October 24: A good reminder that safe medicine disposal saves lives
Since 2016, DCHS has promoted awareness and use of free and confidential neighborhood medicine disposal programs as a strategy to prevent opioid overdose death, medicine abuse and suicide. DCHS, along with partners that include King County Waste Management and Washington Poison Center, produced a successful “Don’t Hang on to Meds” public health messaging campaign focused on promoting at home medicine safety strategies such as securely storing medicines in use and disposing of unused and expired meds.
The campaign and local information dissemination efforts boosted traffic to the www.TakeBackYourMeds.org website where in 2019, 20,367 unique visitors searched for the local drop-box locations. This October 24, we are excited to promote National Prescription Take Back Day, while we also celebrate that “Take Back Day” every day in King County! Read more about how secure medicine return saves lives and protects water, land and animals.
This post was originally written by the Hazardous Waste Management Program.