Cleaning out the medicine cabinets

April 30, 2011 3:31:40 PM PDT
Last year the Drug Enforcement Administration held the first ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

It was a day for people to get rid of old medications at designated disposal locations across the country.

According to a report in the New England Journal of Medicine these old drugs could end up in the hands of kids who abuse pain killers.

They can contribute to confusion among people who take many medications, especially the elderly.

Patients may develop resistance to antibiotics if they do not finish a prescription and then decide to take them at a later time. Or they could contaminate the drinking water if disposed of improperly.

To help reduce these risks, the DEA is holding another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On the first take-back day last fall, over 121 'tons' of prescription drugs were collected at 4-thousand police stations nationwide.

This year more than 5-thousand sites are participating in the event to be held Saturday, April 30th.

You can find out about free collection sites in your community by going to and clicking on the "got drugs" banner.