Turn in unwanted prescriptions on National Drug Take-Back Day

Fort Hood Public Affairs Office
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Date: 04.23.2015
Posted: 04.24.2015 13:49
News ID: 161188

FORT HOOD, Texas – Fort Hood residents will have the opportunity to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event April 24 - 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center Main Pharmacy and the PX Refill Pharmacy.

Patients can bring all expired and unused medication to the pharmacy.

The pharmacy will issue patients a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) approved, prepaid envelope to put the medication into and seal shut. Patients can then drop off the envelope at any U.S. postal office mailbox or give to their mail carriers.

Envelopes will only be given to patients who bring their expired medication directly to the pharmacy. Each pharmacy has the ability to assist up to 50 patients each.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, enabling Americans to clean out their medicine cabinets - a crucial step toward reducing the prescription drug abuse that is plaguing the nation. Per the DEA, Americans have turned in more than 4 million pounds of prescription drugs to date for safe and proper disposal through National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day programs.