Help Promote National Drug Prescription Take Back Day on Oct. 26
By David Doolittle


What happens twice a year and helps put a dent in substance abuse in Texas and around the country?

If you said National Prescription Drug Take Back Day you win … well … nothing, because this wasn’t a contest.

But Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which allows people to dispose of prescription drugs safely and anonymously, certainly is a win for your community.

Since the first event in 2010, almost 1 million pounds of prescription drugs have been collected from 380 locations in Texas, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which puts on the nationwide event.

The next event is scheduled for Oct. 26 at locations throughout the state, including physicians’ practices, community health centers, hospitals, police stations, schools, and other private businesses.

The Texas Medical Association encourages you to promote the effort. It’s easy:

  1. Find the collection sites near your office and share that information with your colleagues and patients.
  2. Download the Partnership Toolbox, which includes posters, pamphlets, banners, and buttons for use in your office or on your website/social media channels.
  3. Post the Take Back PSAs on your website or loop the videos on your waiting room TVs.
  4. Educate yourself and your patients on safe medication disposal, as well as treatment options for those struggling with addiction.

Last Updated On

October 22, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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