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A blog devoted to helping people find local medicine take-back programs and highlighting current research findings and pending legislation.

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Don't forget DEA's National Drug Take-back Day on October 26

We all work better with a deadline. So circle October 26th on your calendar and make sure you drop off any expired or unwanted medications that have been cluttering up your medicine cabinet during the National Prescription Take-Back Day. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be working with local partners around the country to host thousands of drop-off locations. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. rain or shine. Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted. Liquids, creams, and pet medicine are fine to bring, but sites won't accept sharps or thermometers. Click here to find drop-off sites close to you.

Having expired or unwanted medicine in the house can lead to accidental poisonings of children, the elderly, or pets. Medicine take-back days are a great way to reduce this risk. In addition, they help reduce the amount of pharmaceuticals that reach waterways and our drinking water. Some pharmaceuticals are known to disrupt reproduction and normal development in fish. Others cause behavior changes in aquatic wildlife that make it harder for them to survive. By taking your unwanted medicines for proper disposal you will be helping to protect your family, pets, and the environment.

For more information about the event, contact Laura Kammin at 217-333-1115 or

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Posted by Laura Kammin at 8:42AM on 10/18/2013
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