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Do you have expired or unused prescription medicines?

Rx drug abuse causes 1 death every 19 mins. in the U.S.
Mishandling prescription drugs isn't just illegal - it's a threat to the Navy's readiness and health. "Dispose Properly" is one of four steps that the Prescription for Discharge campaign promotes to prevent misuse and abuse of prescription medication, in accordance with Navy's zero tolerance policy. ​

Sailors and families can take a proactive role in preventing prescription drug misuse by disposing of unwanted, unused or expired medications properly during the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This event is held twice yearly in April and October. 


The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is October 28, 2017. To locate a collection site in your community, visit www.dea.gov. This site is continuously updated with new take-back locations.

You can help spread the word about this April's National Take-Back Day by using the following Prescription for Discharge campaign resources:

  • Social Media Mes​sages​​​: Spread the word through your digital channels about National Take Back Day in the weeks and days leading up to the event. Feel free to tailor the messages to your audience. Graphics are available for sharing and download on the Prescription for Discharge Flickr album. Like us on Facebook​ for additional resources and tips to share with your shipmates and families all year long. 
  • Take-Back Day Flyer​Post this flyer around your workspaces and Navy medical facilities to encourage your shipmates and families to participate in the October 2017 Take-Back Day. (Updated flyer coming soon!)
  • At-Home Disposal Kit Inserts​: Unable to bring your expired, unused or unwanted meds to a participating location, or no location in your area? No problem. Follow these instructions to properly dispose of your medications at home. Print these disposal kit inserts for distribution at your command or Navy medical facilities to encourage proper disposal year-round.​

The Military Health System has also established a year-round Drug Take-Back Program to help beneficiaries properly dispose of their prescriptions and over-the-counter medications at military treatment facility (MTF) pharmacies in the United States and U.S. Territories. Check with your local MTF to find out whether they are participating. 

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