Saturday, October 24 is the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. This is an opportunity to clean out your medicine cabinet and dispose of unwanted, unused and expired medications.
According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs and many of these drugs were obtained from the medicine cabinets of family and friends.
In response to this vital public safety public health issue, UC Davis Health began offering consumers a safe option for disposing unwanted or expired medication. Last year, drug take-back bins were installed in the main lobby of the hospital, near the pharmacy in the Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, in the Comprehensive Cancer Center Pharmacy and at the UC Davis Health Davis Clinic Pharmacy. Please note that these bins are available and accessible every day of the year.
All prescription medications, including Schedule II-V controlled substances, creams, over-the-counter medications and pet medications are accepted. Please consider dropping off your unwanted prescriptions and help prevent diversion, misuse and abuse.