In an effort to raise awareness surrounding accidental overdoses and tragic misuse of prescription drugs in the home, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has created the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day—an important step in putting an end to this serious public health issue.

In 2018, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

The DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths. Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands, leading to dangerous and often tragic consequences. Cleaning out your medicine cabinets and turning in any and all unused prescription drugs can be a crucial step in avoiding accidental overdoses or prescription medication misuse.

An Officer will be on duty at the June Beach Police Department Lobby on Saturday, October 24th from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM to safely and anonymously receive your old and unused prescription drugs.

More details from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are available at DEAtakeback.com.