iBIO Encourages Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on This Saturday

Join National Drug Take Back Day on April 30th

CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local law enforcement agencies ACROSS
the nation and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the
public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft
by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and
unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to a site
near you. Visit the DEA
Diversion website
to find a location near you. The DEA cannot accept
liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free
and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of
prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more
than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in
its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in
over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

Safely disposing of unused prescription and over the counter drugs
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 U.S. are alarmingly
high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to
these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs
are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine
cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods
for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or
throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about
the April 30 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA
Diversion website
.

About the Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization

iBIO’s mission is to make Illinois and the surrounding Midwest one of
the world’s top life sciences centers: a great place to do business and
a great place to grow technology ventures.

iBIO, working on its own and through valued partners

  • Promotes sound public policy at the local, state and federal levels;
  • Improves our region’s ability to create, attract and retain businesses
  • Orchestrates industry involvement to help solve America’s math and
    science education crisis
  • Builds community by providing opportunities to connect and engage with
    the industry

We thereby contribute to the well-being of people worldwide while
creating new jobs, attracting firms to the region and generating
prosperity.

iBIO’s Leadership Sponsors are AbbVie, Astellas US, Horizon Pharma and
Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America.

Contacts

iBIO
John Conrad, 312-422-1111
jconrad@ibio.org
www.ibio.org