National Take-Back Day Provides Option to Safely Dispose of Unused Prescription Drugs


Apr 27, 2012

Various prescription bottles and pills

Policymakers have been struggling with how to best stop the nation's fastest growing drug problem—prescription drug abuse. One of the Administration's recent efforts is this weekend's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The United States Drug Enforcement Agency has announced that on Saturday, April 28, the agency and its national and community partners will hold National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day at sites nationwide. This event provides an opportunity for individuals and families to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs, and to reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse in their communities.

RAND Health has done numerous studies examining causes of the rise in prescription drug abuse and policy options for prescription drug abuse prevention. Recent RAND reports exploring issues related to prescription drug abuse include: