If you have drugs that are outdated or that you no longer need to take, Kroger in Loganville is offering an opportunity to safely dispose of them this Saturday by participating in the DEA’s Drug Take Back Day.
The DEA usually has two of these events a year but the Spring event was canceled for social distancing purposes so they are hoping for a great turnout this weekend. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, at Kroger in Loganville (intersection of 78 and 81).
“We will have an event area set up in the parking lot with the Loganville Police Department, our local DEA officer and our pharmacist Slade Johnson. We will be taking back all old, unused and expired medications to properly dispose of,” said Krstin Medications should be in their original bottle or a prescription bottle. We do not take back any “sharps” objects such as needles, syringes or lancets. It is important to dispose of medications that are not being used to prevent theft, misuse, poisoning, overdose or accidental consumption of these medications by other adults, small children or pets.”
Loganville Kroger is located at 4753 Atlanta Highway (inside Loganville city limits.) (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.If there are any questions they are welcome to call the pharmacy at 678-639-4500 or visit the websites below.
This October’s event is DEA’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago.
According to a press release from the DEA, last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.
To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator.
The FDA also provides information on how to properly dispose of prescription drugs. More information is available here: https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/where-and-how-dispose-unused-medicines.