National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Thursday April 24, 2014

What is it?

The U.S. Army partners with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to support National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which offers an opportunity to safely dispose of unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs.

What is the Army doing?

On April 26, 2014, venues will be open on Army installations throughout the continental United States Alaska and Hawaii for members of the Army community to deposit potentially dangerous prescription drugs, particularly controlled substances, from their medicine cabinets.

U.S. Army Installation Management Command garrisons, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Medical Command, will support this effort, and will coordinate with local law enforcement officials to provide collection points with high visibility to the military community. The garrison Army Substance Abuse Program (ASAP) office serves as the local point of contact.

Installation Provost Marshal Offices, or Directorates of Emergency Services, will provide security at the drop-off locations, as only law enforcement officials can legally collect unwanted prescription drugs at these events. The collection points will be in areas of high visibility to the military community.

Why is this important to the Army?

Many medications, particularly prescription painkillers, sit unused and unsecured in medicine cabinets, making them readily available.

The Army is committed to supporting raising public awareness of Department of Defense's efforts to foster safe and drug-free military communities. The Army's previous efforts contributed to the overall DEA National Prescription Take-Back Day program.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

The Army is committed to supporting raising public awareness of Department of Defense's efforts to foster safe and drug-free military communities. The Army's previous efforts contributed to the overall DEA National Prescription Take-Back Day program.

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